[#9] Leadership 102: You Could Be The Next Mr. Tragic!

If you haven’t already, it’s important that you read yesterday’s blog, where I explain what leadership is and who a leader is.

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I’m sure you’ve already heard a billion gazillion times how to be a good leader, but how many times have you heard why you should be one at all?

Let’s consider a scenario: Imagine your church pastor asks you to lead your youth group. Now, be honest with yourself: why do you want to lead this? Many times, people take roles of leadership for the wrong reasons: power, status, money, sense of importance or righteousness, and so on. Obviously, you can’t do that.

So, then… why? Why should we be leaders… really?

Society (especially Christian circles) tells us that we need to become leaders. Some groom us because they want to use us as marketing tools, but some are truly genuine. Nevertheless, mankind may say one thing or another, but we know what God tells us on this matter. As Christians, we are commanded to be Salt and Light of the world.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT, emphasis added)

There are several other instances when God summons us to be his leaders in this world [God calls us His Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), etc.]. But this verse clearly tells us why we should be leaders: your good deeds will lead to God’s fame and glory. Call me dramatic, but isn’t that our purpose on Earth — the reason we live and breathe? If we don’t fulfill our purpose… that would be Tragedy personified. Hello, Mr. Tragic. Kind of like this guy:

We have a lot of misfortunes and disasters in our lives, but being Mr. Tragic by refusing to undertake our existence’s purpose is the worst. Don’t be a leader for the wrong reasons like fame and power, but lead because God will be most glorified through your good heart and actions. Avoid being Mr. Tragic, and lead because true happiness can be found in our pursuit for God’s heart. If there is a leadership opportunity being extended to you now, and if you feel like God is calling you to this, then I encourage you to be brave and seize it.

What are some other reasons why a person should want to become a leader?

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One response to “[#9] Leadership 102: You Could Be The Next Mr. Tragic!

  1. Just the ability to be a leader is good to have in so many ways. If we’re honest, groups always need someone to take charge in order to get things done. And better it be someone who doesn’t want to be a leader for all the wrong reasons than one who does! I almost feel like we have a responsibility to protect against those people, to not default leadership to the ones who crave power or money or fame.

    However, one thing I have wondered is why, precisely, God would give us a setup where everyone needs to be led to salvation. Wouldn’t it make more sense for it to be an instinctive thing?

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