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A Leadership Resolution

by Rev. Dr. David Alicea, UCC of Paradise Hills, San Diego, CA

     I love classic TV programs, especially The Three Stooges.  Larry, Curley and Moe have been my particular favorites since childhood.  A recent re-run not only kept me laughing but started me thinking about leadership.

     Leadership?  The Stooges?  Yes!  It happened this way:

Larry, Curley and Moe were visiting a government dignitary.  As they entered his office, the man greeted them with “Gentlemen.”  Startled, they turned to see who had followed them into the room! 

     I thought of today’s church.  Many people perceive a lack of new and effective leaders within it.  It is as though a call for leadership had been issued and all within hearing looked back over their shoulders and asked, “Leaders?  Where?”

     Good leadership is essential for growth!  Examples are found throughout scripture of leaders – Moses, Abraham, Deborah, David and many others – rising to their challenge and mission, taking on themselves the task of accomplishing missions assigned by God.  Jesus’ ministry and leadership touched many people and enhanced the lives of those who listened and followed his teachings.

     It is imperative to understand and re-evaluate the qualities of leadership in a world filled with social complexities and changing demands.  Self-analysis is a must, as we dare to ask ourselves, “How effective am I as a leader?” 

     An aside:  In 1985, when I was working in Puerto Rico, I joined 80 other pastors and their wives in a family seminar.  The guest speaker asked the ministers to evaluate themselves.  What type of leaders they were at home?   Who had the leading voice there?  We were then ordered to form two lines – moving to the left if we were not “in control” in our homes, to the right if we were  One pastor stood alone on the right (the rest of us preferring a safe and long life!).  With fervor we asked him to reconsider.  He stood firm, looking like the last man standing after a fierce battle.  The speaker marveled, “You are a great leader in your home!  How did you make that happen?”  His reply?  “Well, my wife told me to stand here!”  A great relief to the rest of us!

     What type of leader am I in my church?  What kind are you?  I encourage all of us to take the time to analyze our leadership skills.  Have we, throughout time, become numb and insensitive to people’s needs?  Are we meeting those needs?  Do we expect others to adapt to and cope with our leadership style or is ours a collective effort that allows us to grow and excel together.

     What is the projected result of our leadership? Do we expect everything to go our way or God’s way?  Is our leadership current with today’s philosophical, psychological and religious dimensions?  Does it nurture today’s spirituality perceptions?  The worst thing we can do is mummify ourselves, holding on to leadership roles and parameters designed to meet past agendas.

     The leadership role is interesting, with a number of “common ties.”  For example:

All leaders will

1. find themselves experiencing loneliness and despair
2. be challenged by other leaders
3. undergo pain and sorrow
4. need to make tough decisions and live or die by them
5. need to commit and demonstrate their skills in every condition and situation of life
6. need to be ready when others call for accountability
7. need to inspire, renew, renovate, testify, encourage, invigorate, discipline, accept and teach those who follow them

     One thing is sure: All leaders must lead; they cannot text their ideas. They cannot depend on e-mailing, tweeting, Facebooking or other media if they want to touch lives.

     Followers need leaders and that can only happen if you are in the front.  Being in the front or leading the pack is not a safe place to be.  You become a target.  You are vulnerable.  People can see every move you make. Nonetheless, being in the front means you care, that you will be the first, that there are no excuses and that you are the leader. Some people, either by culture or experience, prefer the backseat; they prefer being invisible.  It is safer that way, and others can be blamed.  A leader takes the risk and knows when to say: “It is my fault and nobody else’s.”

     I like what Martin Luther King Jr. once said about his leadership style. “I am a leader who does things not because they are politically correct.  My leadership is not based on what people want to hear, or expect me to do. My leadership is not a response to what I might need or want. My leadership is based on doing what is right!”

     With that in mind, what type of leader are you?  What type am I or could I be?  My answer?  I resolve to become a leader who will enhance God’s church and bring justice where it is needed with liberating truth, while embracing everybody in order to be filled with God’s everlasting and unconditional love.

     God bless!

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