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Leadership Qualities: Relationships Part 11

Can’t Divorce Leadership From-Colossians 3:18-4:6

Paul spends a lot of time in Colossians discussing relationships, a paramount concern for leaders. Leadership is about relationships. Consider three levels of leadership:

  1. Leaders can impress others from a distance. This requires the will of the leader. The leader must determine to perform excellently.
  2. Leaders can influence others if they get a bit closer. This requires the will of the followers. They must choose to emulate the leader.
  3. Leaders can impact others only in close relationship. This requires both the will of the leader and the follower. It occurs when intimacy and trust develop.

God has placed everyone within a chain of care. Leaders are to connect with followers, from parenting, to supervising, to evangelizing. The circle or relationship serve as proving grounds, each giving credibility to the next. When we lead well in the home, we gain credibility to be herd in the marketplace. If it doesn’t work at home, don’t export it! Success is gaining the respect of those who know us best.

Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Relationships Part 12