There are so many books, articles, mentors, coaches, and leadership guru’s around today that it is enough to make your head spin. For almost thirty years I read the books, spent big money going to the conferences, and talking to my mentors and coaches endlessly about both minor and major decisions. I did learn a lot of really good stuff…so don’t think I am being overly critical here.
Scripturally, becoming a leader is a calling, a gifting, and an art to be learned and honed. But understand this, leadership should not be about learning how to manipulate people to get them to do what you want them to do. Manipulation is witchcraft and should not be a part of any godly leader’s methodology. It opens the door for the enemy and in the end it will bite you.
I have found the best way to lead is simply to be a good follower of Jesus Christ.
Leading from behind means we must choose to follow Jesus, obey His leading, and walk on. When you choose to lead from behind you are honest, up front, and you can respond to your critics with the simple answer, “I’m just doing my best to follow the LORD in the way He is leading me.” When you are leading from behind you develop a “single eye”, you lose the fear of man, and you shed the need to be a people pleaser. When you are leading from behind your humanity shows, but the people see that even in your humanity, you are seeking to follow LORD as best you know how.
Many will want to lead from behind with you as well.
Matthew 4:19 (NASB95) 19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”