This first axiom should be almost mind-numbingly apparent:
Of course leaders lead…what else would they do? Well, many leaders point. They stand in one place pointing to a far off land, but never actually take the front and lead people toward it. They don’t step out in front, don’t put anything on the line, and find certain tasks beneath them.
True leaders lead from the front. They never ask their people to do something they are not willing to do themselves. That doesn’t mean they have to do it, but there should never be a responsibility that is below a leader.
If we are asking people to do something, the question is “Am I willing to do what I’m asking them to do?”
So many leaders are not.
At Crossroads Vineyard, we want our leaders to lead from the front. To take people to places where they are willing to go and do things they are willing to do. Leadership is hard work. It requires dedicated people who follow someone they trust to accomplish something far greater than they would on their own.