Effective leadership is essential to the success of any cause. It was evident in the Christian revolution during and following the life and death of Christ. It was indispensable in the American Revolution. It was an absolute necessity in the winning of both World Wars.
It is as essential today as it was in yesteryears. It is essential in the success of any and all causes you support and in which you invest, mentally, emotionally, socially and financially. Effective leadership is essential to the success of any cause.
What cause do you invest in? Your family? Your church? Your employment or entrepreneurial venture? A social or school activity? Whatever the cause, without solid leadership it will be difficult for that cause to experience any success.
Every cause – your favorite cause! – requires the disciplined involvement of people, sometimes a few, sometimes more than many. The investment and energy of many is critical. Very few if any great causes have successfully advanced with the effort of a single person. “It takes a village” may not be the finest description of people involvement but it does convey a certain truth; cooperation of many in a well orchestrated approach is imperative to the achievement of any cause.
Every orchestra, every cause needs a leader – someone who is competent and compassionate about taking others where they will not go on their own; someone who is able to successfully give direction and motivate others to effectively participate cooperatively to advance the cause.
Nowhere is it more critical than in the success of healthy family life – a cause near and dear to many of us. Our current culture is severely pock-marked with the disease of anemic family leadership, if not the total absence of it.
So, what constitutes effective leadership in the home, or in any cause?
A leader must have a detailed vision of what the home should be. He/she must know how to develop a step-by-step strategy for reaching the perceived goal of a healthy family (it won’t “just happen” because you want it). A leader must know how to draw from others to compensate for his/her personal limitations (we all have them!); this certainly includes prayer and a dependency upon the Lord’s leadership in and through us.
The leader must be a person of genuine character not a character, but possessing n admirable character and sense of authenticity. He/she must be trustworthy, faithful to the cause, absent of personal pride and self-interest. A healthy attitude and the ability to be gentle but firm goes a long way in possessing the ability of motivate others.
Neither you nor I were born with leadership qualities. Every one of these vital elements mentioned above is acquired through relentless effort and determination. May it be that you will aspire to grow in your leadership so the cause(s) you believe in and support can be enhanced by your developing ability to lead. Make no mistake about it – you are required to lead in some important cause. My prayer and desire is that you will improve in that leadership with each passing month.