The Bible uses symbolism to reflect attributes of God. In particular, God is compared to a lion (Hosea 13:7-8). What is interesting about the Lion is that it’s not the biggest, strongest, or smartest in the animal kingdom. So what attribute does the lion have that grants it the leadership of the animal kingdom? ATTITUDE!! An attribute that sets the lion apart from other animals.
What is attitude?
Attitude is defined as an enduring system of belief that can be examined on three different levels:
- Cognitive (how we think or reason through an attitude)
- Emotional (how we feel regarding an attitude)
- Behavioral (how we act on an attitude)
Research has indicated four ways we acquire attitudes:
- The earliest agents are our parents or guardians, friends, culture, & media
- Classical conditioning: associating behaviors and attitudes as “good” or “bad” (i.e. it’s good to tell the truth, it’s bad to steal).
- Operant conditioning: being rewarded or punished for behaviors or attitudes
- Observational learning: modeling attitudes that are seen in others and the culture.
Getting back to the analogy of the lion, the elephant is regarded as the biggest animal; the tortoise is the wisest; the cheetah (or antelope) is the fastest; the snake family is the deadliest, the hyenas are quite cunning, the peacock is quite beautiful, etc. But none of them is ruling the kingdom. Being a leader wherever you find yourself is not about being the biggest, wisest, fastest, beautiful, or best but about having the right attitude. The lion’s attitude is what gives it the edge.
The attitude you take when you venture into anything is vital to success. When the lion sees an elephant, it thinks of it as food and that is the attitude it takes to put fear in the elephant. The way we perceive challenges is what distinguishes us from our peers. Consider King David’s attitude when he faced Goliath as a boy. While everyone was running away from Goliath, David was seeing Goliath differently. He saw Goliath defeated way before he cast the first stone. Even though David was just a boy, he acted like the king of Israel way before he was officially ordained . How we feel and interpret a challenge is the edge not the requisite of a particular skill.
What is Leadership? The capacity to influence others through inspiration that is generated by passion, motivated by a vision, conceived by a conviction, which is produced by purpose (Myles Munroe).
READ: Matthew 9: 35-38. As Jesus analyzed the human condition, He was moved to compassion because he felt the pressure of their condition: Sheep without a Shepherd. The condition of woundedness in a people is directly connected to the lack of leadership in their lives.
The condition in your home, community, and church is directly linked to the quality of your leadership. The Lion leads because he thinks differently than sheep. Jesus focused not on methods, techniques, or skill acquisition but attitude. All leaders think differently from followers. Leaders are solution focused and not problem oriented.
Attitude is a byproduct of belief, NO ONE CAN LIVE BEYOND THE LIMIT OF THEIR BELIEFS. Your life is what you think it will be.
PHILOSOPHY: PHILO: To love + Sophia: To think & know. To love knowledge and apply its truth to your life is the answer to changing your self defeating beliefs.
Philosophy progresses with a concept—theory—belief—thought—attitude—action. This is how we develop a thinking system.
Principle: Trapped in every follower is a natural born leader that is untapped.
The goal of leadership is to release the leader in the follower and not to maintain followers. True leaders do not measure their success by followers but producing leaders…working themselves out of a job.
When you inspire people they rearrange their priorities to follow you. Followers look for leaders. Followers are attracted by passion. Leadership is not just a set of skills but discovering something more passionate than life.
Leadership is not measured in your presence but in your absence. Jesus measured his leadership by saying: It is better that I go away because you will not be able to do greater things your leader does (John 14:12).
The capacity to lead abides in every human being like a tree trapped in a seed. If you believe this, every human life is important…untapped potential for greatness. It was the reason why Jesus went looking for Peter after he denied him. Jesus saw the great man in Peter, before Peter believed that of himself.
Leadership requires the right environment. It requires the right opportunity. A seed has more than you see with your eyes. A seed has a forest trapped within it. However, if you store the seed on the window sill of your bathroom for 50 years, it will remain a seed. The forest is trapped in a seed and requires the right environment.
You are the seed, in you is trapped a forest that requires the right fertilization. Consider improper fertilization that does not cultivate the seed: excessive media, gossip, bitterness, etc. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Instead, read your Bible, books, listen to seminars.
Everyone is born to lead with inherent potential for greatness. However, the environment is up to you. How are you using your time?
You were born to lead but you must become a leader. Become infers process, every seed planted becomes a forest. Every boy is a man but he becomes a man; likewise, every girl is a woman but becomes a woman. A becoming is necessary! People never become who they are because their environment is not right. That is why the Jesus Leadership Institute took his followers away from home.
They left family, friends, and towns to stay isolated with Jesus. Jesus had to change their environment to tap into the world changing power in each of them.
What are your environmental factors? What is inhibiting your release? Imagine, Jesus took villagers to world changers. They confronted entire governments, kings, and people groups. Mentality is transferred by environment.
You were born to be a leader but not over people but yourself. SAY WITH ME: TRUE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK FOLLOWERS, TRUE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK FOLLOWERS, TRUE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK FOLLOWERS, TRUE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK FOLLOWERS, TRUE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK FOLLOWERS.
Because followers seek true leaders, what attracts followers is their independence from them. I say true leaders to make a distinction from false leaders. False leaders attach themselves to people to build their ego through manipulation, mind control, and fear.
When you journey into the world of self discovery, self awareness, your identity in Christ, then you become someone enlightened by the Word of God and empowered by His Spirit, where change is evident in your life. Become the change you want to see in your life.