Leadership is all about building up, not destroying.
More than that, it is about building up, not merely sustaining or maintaining status quos.
Leaders are builders.
Everything committed into your hands as a leader should be built up. God doesn’t just call us to be faithful, he also calls us to be fruitful.
As a leader, you must be passionate and overwhelmed with a contagious drive to see things built up from their current state. You must inspire a vision in people that is always inviting them to build. You must speak like a builder. You must leak an uncontrollable passion towards building.
There are four things I’d encourage you to constantly look to build
- Build PEOPLE:
Leaders do not use people or just direct people or fellowship with people… They build people! Invest in people. Add value to lives. It takes a very deliberate push.
Lookout and ensure that people around your leadership are being developed and built. You must have the nerve and interest as a leader to know how people are doing in their walk with God, and with life and career and all, and see to it that they are making wise choices and making progress.
- Build TEAMS:
Secondly, you must be a builder of teams around all that you do. Leadership is a call to gather people around. Build team spirit. Build teams. Constantly work towards being faceless, by building a strong and viable team.
- Build MOMENTUM:
Be a builder of the momentum in the atmosphere. Leadership cannot be quiet and apologetic in attitude. Carry a very positive and faith-filled attitude. Inspire momentum by letting out the right spirit. It is appalling for a leader to ooze out ‘negative energy’. You cannot afford to carry moods and drag your feet around- whether very early in the morning fresh out of sleep or very late at night after a very long day. You should inspire a faith-filled atmosphere… every time!
- Build The LOCAL CHURCH:
I believe that all believers are planted by God in a local church and they hold a responsibility to it. We must be builders of the vision of our house, not of personal agenda or individual ideas. Do not take advantage of platforms and privileges in a wrong way. Be passionately supportive, submissive, and in sync with the focus and spirit of the house where you serve.
On the flip side of being builders is that we become destroyers. A destroyer is not just a person who scatters and pulls down but simply put, a person who doesn’t build is a destroyer… The Bible even says that a person who is slothful in his work is destructive.
There are three keys that I think would make us graced builders:
- Be THERE
We must all learn and stay reminded of the power of being there! Be available. Be there early. Be there faithfully, punctually. Builders are people who are on ground. How do you become a builder of people? Be there with them, through every season. How will you be a builder of the church? Be there. How would you build momentum? Be in moments. Don’t be passive, waiting for times and seasons to pass. Be all there. I try to give every moment the gift of my presence. That’s really tough sometimes, but I strive towards that.
- Be THOUGHTFUL
Do not just be a person who receives instructions and carries them out. Be thoughtful. Process things mentally. Think through possibilities. Imagine opportunities. Think of how things can be done more effectively. Think of how things can improve. Bring ideas to the table – whether they are accepted or not. Think of how you can be more productive. Be thoughtful- I mean, be full of thoughts! It is destructive and appalling to sit in a meeting and not have anything useful or productive to say.
- Be THOROUGH
Builders understand that every strong building must give attention to detail. It makes a builder thorough. Be thorough in your approach, and not just surface. Don’t let life and opportunities pass you by because you’re shallow. When you listen, listen thoroughly. When you speak, speak deliberately. Dress appropriately. Relate with people with honor and decently. Lay your bed in the morning before leaving home. Lead a thorough life. If I get a mail or text from you full of errors, it speaks of who you are. Pay attention to details. Have facts at your fingertips. Refuse to be a surface do-things-anyhow Christian.
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 1 Cor 3:10 NKJV
May the Lord prosper His purpose in your hands.