We’ve all heard the saying, “everyone is a leader” and we’ve also heard the saying “To many Chiefs and not enough Indians.” Which one is correct? Many of us don’t think of ourselves as leaders because we don’t fit the traditional leadership paradigm. Maybe people aren’t naturally drawn to us and hang on our every word but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think of ourselves as leaders.
Even Samuel had a difficult time recognizing leadership when God sent him to anoint the next King of Israel. (1 Sam. 16:6-13) David was the least likely among his brothers to be the new leader of a nation. He was a simple shepherd boy when he was called to be King.
We might not be called to be a King but we all have times in our lives when God calls us to lead. Simply stated leadership is influence. We are all leaders because every day we interact with people. We all have an influence on family, friends, church, workplace and community. If you don’t see yourself as a leader you will miss those important opportunities to influence others for Christ. So be prepared (or get prepared) because you never know who God will put in your life that needs your leadership.