The Leadership Scam

Posted: February 26, 2010 in Leadership/Pollitics
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Leadership.  Books about leadership.  Leadership training.  I’m sick to death of it all.

Let me tell you why.

I’m sick of it because it’s unnecessary.  Not that leadership is unnecessary…but all of this miscellaneous stuff that is supposed to instruct us about leadership is unnecessary.  I wonder how any of the great leaders in history became great leaders…especially when I consider that none of them had the chance to attend a “leadership” seminar, and probably never purchased a single book about “leadership”.

No, history’s great leaders didn’t learn their craft from leadership stuff.  They learned how to lead by being in contact with other leaders.  And they learned how to lead by having the responsibility of leadership placed upon them.

At the core, that’s still how any great leader will learn how to lead…not by spending a fortune on pages of pulp.  If very many people actually figure this out, then an entire industry is likely to collapse.  Good riddance.  If you’re going to read something, read the lives of great people…not a collection of some motivational speaker’s carefully selected excerpts of the lives of great people. Of course, reading anything of substance requires screwing on your brain and actually thinking…and thought is something that seems to be in short supply.  Especially among apostolics.  It’s far easier to simply parrot pithy predigested paradigms than to dig out your own lessons hidden away in the lives of the great.

And this is exactly what most “leadership” material does for us; it grants us the illusion of being able to short circuit the actual process of leadership development. But the fact remains that true leaders are not crafted in seminars, and they don’t learn to be effective by stuffing themselves full of the tripe that passes for leadership material.  Leadership is first learned in the wake of another leader, and then by actually engaging in leadership.  And this takes years of our lives…something that most in our “give-me-my-cheeseburger-in-30-seconds-or-less” society don’t have patience for.

I’m also sick to death of  “leadership stuff” because most of it is so far removed from  Biblical principles as to be utterly foreign to us…and is practically useless.  Breaking news!  This just in!  The Church is not General Electric. Or IBM.  Or Ford.  Or any of the other exploitative, profit-driven corporations that apostolic ministers obsessively look to for their models of “leadership”.  (Yes, all of you who think that capitalism came from God to earth on the eighth day of creation, I did say “exploitative”)

I’ve a suggestion for all of the apostolic ministers and leaders who’s bookshelves are filled with the wit and wisdom of those who’ve never laid a single brick in the Church of Jesus Christ; throw’em all away.  That’s right.  Cleanse your libraries of every influence that misdirects your efforts.  And barring taking such drastic measures, simply stop reading them.  I’m amazed how apostolic ministers can be so open to suggestions about how they should lead, when the authors of the material know little or nothing about God, or Christ, or His Church.

I’ve another suggestion for you.  Want to know how to lead Christ’s Church?  Read His Book.  Start with Jesus’ own lessons on leadership, the Sermon on the Mount.  Read it in as many different translations as you can get your hands on.  Then use whatever study materials you have to dissect it, and learn all it has to say.  Then figure out how to apply it in your life.  Then after you’ve applied it to your own life, teach it to your church’s leaders.

Sounds like quite a project, doesn’t it.  It is.  Shouldn’t take you more than a few years, though.  And the end result is that you’ll be a godly leader guided by the simple yet powerful principles of the Founder of our Church, rather than a frustrated CEO wannabe trying desperately to shoehorn earthly, ungodly leadership ideas into a place where they don’t fit.  And don’t belong.

And that’s what I think.

  1. alcaja says:

    I like it. I like it.
    I got no additions or complicated comments.
    I like it.

  2. Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by! And tell your friends!

  3. vangie says:

    These are very good suggestions! From now on, I will not read books written by Maxwell anymore.

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