Leadership: Just Do It.Weekly Posts
1 Chronicles 11:2 “In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns…”
The people chose David as King over them because he had already been leading them into battle. They anointed him as their leader because he was willing and already doing it. Even while Saul was still King, David stepped up and led Israel’s armies, which was the job of the King! It shows that David was already acting like a leader, already acting like a King before he had been made one. David just did it.
It shows that leadership is evident in people who get on and do what is needed to be done. Leadership is evident in people who already think and act the way they aspire to be. They don’t wait for the position before they start taking responsibility. They just do it.
1 Chronicles 11:6 “David had said, “Whoever leads the attack on the Jebusites will become commander-in-chief.” Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and so he received the command.”
Four verses later we read about David giving the same opportunity to someone else, and that someone else happened to be Joab. He did not make Joab a leader first and then send him to lead the attack, he gave him leadership because Joab was willing to do it, and do it first. Doing it first is hard because you have never seen it done before, or at least never in your setting. You don’t have the comfort of following someone’s footsteps.
Do It First.
Being willing to do it first is a very important point here. It is not about beating others to the mark or about getting first place above everyone. But it’s about…
- being willing to let go of peer pressure
- being willing to throw off ‘what people will think’
- being willing to go where no-one has gone before
- being willing to try what no-one has tried before
- being willing to look and act different
- …and being willing to fail publicly.
3 Levels of Leadership
My Pastor; Chris Drury showed me a modern theory of leadership, which identifies that there are 3 levels of leadership: Personal, Private and Public leadership.
It starts with Personal Leadership where the individual must lead themselves in shaping their attitude of others, their personal growth and development and better self-awareness. Through Personal Leadership you can learn to let go of peer pressure and other fears that contain you, and you can release yourself to take risks.
David was a Personal Leader.
I believe that David conquered this element in his life; Personal Leadership. He was a man of character and integrity, a man after God’s own heart. He did not have to think twice before he stepped out to face Goliath. Any other person would have been held back by their fears, for not wanting to stand out and be different. His brothers even rebuked him for it but he simply shook it off and stepped forward.
‘Mob Mentality’ – A lot of people will only do something brave when they have a mob of support behind them. Catch them by themselves and they are totally different.
Before I started my daily blog I was very aware that not many people I know even have blogs, never-mind write a daily devotional. To me only big leaders and preachers did daily devotionals…but I wanted to do one! I was well aware of the challenge I was giving myself, to try and come up with something half-decent to say everyday. I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to maintain it, which I didn’t always. But I just did it. I went for it, took a risk and I have loved doing it.
I have had friends who have talked endlessly about their dreams and ambitions, but have never actually done anything towards them. It never seemed to be the right time, or the right opportunity never seemed to come…when in truth there is no perfect time and the perfect opportunity rarely comes!
Before you can lead others you need to be able to lead yourself. Challenge your fears and insecurities, develop a healthy and godly attitude of others and get a realistic view of yourself. If you have a dream or an ambition in your heart then go for it. Start to make the steps to get there. Invest time and energy into it. If you see a need then start to fill it.