Ek wil graag bietjie nadink oor leierskap. Ek gaan vir die volgende tien dae elke dag ‘n hoofstuk lees in Henry & Richard Blackaby se boek Spiritual Leadership: Moving people on to God’s agenda. Ek sal vandag die eerste hoofstuk lees en more iets daaroor skryf.
Ek is ‘n dominee – een van vier – in ons gemeente. Ons het ‘n groot gemeente en elke leraar is ‘n geestelike leier in eie reg. Ek is nou met verlof. Ek het in my hart die behoefte om alles te wees wat God bedoel het ek moet wees, en juis daarom gaan ek bietjie lees wat ander oor leierskap sê. Ek gaan julle probeer uitlok om saam te gesels om te hoor hoe julle leierskap beleef en wat julle oor leierskap dink en wat ons van leiers kan en mag verwag.
Vandag wil ek begin deur ‘n paar definisies van leierskap te gee.
Lord Montgomery” “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence.”
By ‘n ander geleentheid het Montgomery sewe eienskappe gegee van ‘n persoon wat die vermoë sal hê om in ‘n tyd van oorlog te lei: (1) He should be able to sit back and avoid getting immersed in detail. (2) He must not be petty. (3) He must not be pompous. (4) He must be a good picker of men. (5) He should trust those under him and let them get on with their job without interference. (6) He must have the power of clear decision. (7) He should inspire confidence.
A.W. Tozer: A true leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation. I believe it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader.”
John R Mott: “A leader is a man who knows the road, who can keep ahead and who can pull others after him.”
Johan R. Mott het die volgende vrae gevra: (1) Does he do little things well? (2) Has he learned the meaning of priorities? (3) How does he use his leisure? (4) Has he intensity? (5) Has he learned to take advantage of momentum? (6) Has he the power of growth? (7) What is his attitude to discouragements? (8) How does he face impossible situastions? (9) What are his weakest points?
Harry Truman (President van die VSA): “My definition of a leader… is a man who can persuade people to do what they don’t want to do, or do what they are too lazy to do, and like it.”
Grace Hopper (Admiraal in die VSA Vloot): “You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.”
Lao Tse: “The superior leader gets things done with very little motion. He imparts instruction not through many words but through a few deeds. He keeps informed about everything but interferes hardly at all. He is a catalyst, and though things would not get done well if he weren’t’t there, when they succeed he takes no credit. And because he takes no credit, credit never leaves him.”
Chester Bernard: “Leadership is the ability of a superior to influence the behavior of a subordinate or group and persuade them to follow a particular course of action.”
Warren Bennis: “The first job of a leader is to define a vision for the organization…. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
James McGregor Burns: “The ultimate test of practical leadership is the realization of intended, real change that meets people’s enudring needs.”
Murray Johannsen: “Managers have subordinates – leaders have followers.”
J. Oswald Sanders: “The spiritual leader, however, influences others not by the power of his own personality alone but by that personality irradiated and interpenetrated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Because he permits the Holy Spirit undisputed control of his life, the Spirit’s power can flow through him to others unhindered.”
Watter van hierdie definisies of beskrywings is vir jou die naaste aan wat jy dink ‘n leier behoort te wees?
Wie is na jou mening ‘n goeie leier en hoekom sê jy so?