When we define leadership there are obvious words that are used. For instance leadership brings to mind strong words like: integrity, duty, respect, example, vision etc. Allow me for a moment to cast an image of leadership using a four letter word.. LOVE.
Check out 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This passage is often used for wedding ceremonies, valentines banquets, songs etc. What if we used this passage in light of leadership? Should a leader love?
My vision for self and church comes from Matthew 22:34-40, in essence Jesus tells religious leaders that the Greatest Commandment is two-fold: Love God and Love People.
Everything we do as leaders should be done out of a love of God and people. Our families should exemplify love, our staff should be lead out of a humble love, our church members should be seen in the community in light of love. Our love should point others to God, who in LOVE saves the lost from sin!
The most important thing about this passage is the next three words in verse 8:
Love never ends.
WOW! A leader’s love never gives up on those around him/her. Period. How can you see love in your leadership? Do you forgive? Do you have mercy? Because God first loved us our leadership should be saturated with, LOVE.