The reality of leadership is this: The world is standing before you, curious, asking where you’d like to take them. If you kind of have an answer, they’ll follow somebody else. If you want to be a leader, communicate clearly because that’s the only way anybody can know whether or not they want to join you.
Hmmmm… I really like Donald Miller’s take on story. And I really like a lot of the things he writes, but this particular blog post of his irked me.
“Something vexes thee?” the creepy witch asks Alan Rickman.
Well, yes. I don’t understand why the Christian corners of the interwebs are so heavy-laden crap about how to lead when Jesus’s words were filthy servants clothed in humility.
So I read those instructions from Donald Miller’s blog, and I felt annoyed about the leadership bit and disappointed in the clarity bit. You see, I’m not sure that Jesus communicated very clearly. I think He had the answers and provided them, often in shockingly unclear ways.
“This is my body, which is given for you…”
“Oh, really, Jesus? That, there, looks like bread.”
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…”
(The Bible actually documents folks responding to that one…) “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
So, when I get to thinking about this, I come to a point where I have to acknowledge that Jesus is undeniably the greatest leader the world has ever seen. The reason it’s undeniable is because folks still die daily (in the very literal sense of the word ‘die’) to follow Him – a man/God they have yet to see with their eyes, who was murdered centuries ago and has caused more destruction on Earth than any leader before or since. And yet, He spoke in ways that His audience really didn’t understand. at. all.
So I’d like to make a revision to Donald Miller’s words, because he’s incredibly wrong.
The reality of leadership is this: the world is standing before you, curious, asking where you’d like to take them. If you answer clearly and truthfully, they’ll follow somebody else – either Christ or a false god. If you want to be a leader, don’t become a Christian because there is only one leader in Christianity, and anybody who wants to join you as a Christian ought to immediately bend his knees and worship Christ.