“And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?”
The purpose of leadership is to lead, but when a leader is insecure in who they are and what they are doing, the followers pick up on the insecurity and often challenge their leadership. Pilate was an insecure leader, and his insecurity led him to make a bad decision to crucify and innocent person because he was afraid of what the crowds would do. Insecure leadership is always the downfall of any organization, home or church.
Moses was the epitome of secure leadership. When his father-in-law, Jethro came to see him, he was secure enough in who he was and in his calling from the LORD that when he gave him suggestions, he took those suggestions to the benefit of himself and those he led. In Moses’ life, you will find several characteristics of secure leadership that every leader should be embrace.
First, secure leadership doesn’t think they know everything. When Jethro gave unsolicited advice to Moses, he didn’t chide his father-in-law or disdain the advice; rather, he took the advice and followed it. Secure leadership knows that others know something they do not know. Secure leadership will not lead with a know-it-all attitude; rather, they keep an attitude that everyone knows something they don’t know and they will learn from them. You will only help others in whatever areas you lead if you accept the fact that there are many things you do not know where others can help you.
Second, secure leadership listens to others’ observations. When Jethro gave his observation to Moses, he followed his advice. Secure leadership realizes that others can see things they cannot see; therefore, they are willing to listen to their observations and do whatever needs to be done to fix those areas of weakness revealed to them. Secure leadership is so confident in the heart of their followers that they will take their advice and change things in those areas that need to be changed.
Third, secure leadership is not intimidated by other leaders. Moses had no insecurity about his father-in-law’s position; instead, he embraced the fact that another leader was willing to help. Secure leadership doesn’t tear down other leaders; rather they build them so others can learn from them. Every leader has something they can contribute to your followers. If you acquire the mindset that you are the greatest in everything, you will rob your followers of great wisdom that they can glean from other leaders. Insecure leadership tears down other leaders because they are afraid they may lose their following. If you serve your followers and point them to Christ, your followers won’t want another leader.
Fourth, secure leadership involves others in leadership. Moses knew the best way to grow his followers was to get them involved in leadership. He didn’t restrain from putting people in leadership positions because he was afraid they would steal the hearts of followers. If you are the leader you are supposed to be, you will realize that you can best help those you lead by allowing them to lead in an area that you lead. The strength of your leadership will be determined by whether you are a leader of followers or a leader of leaders. If your desire is to build people, you will become a leader of leaders and grow those whom you lead into leaders.