As I reflect on my life and the people who have impacted it the most, I’ve realized I am always encouraged by the lifestyle of a leader. Those with leadership capabilities have characteristics such as charisma, knowledge and, most importantly, they are the voice of the people.
Leaders are visionaries, able to see the big picture while allowing the real experts around them to execute it. Leaders understand that they must be able to convey their insight and ideas in a way that would make anyone believe in its usefulness. Leaders are always on purpose, fulfilling a God-given calling on their life to impact the world around them. Although they may fail many tests in their lifetime, they understand that their life is not about them; exhibiting compassion, courage and integrity, they overcome adversity and become the voice of those around them.
Leaders are motivators pushing others towards the mission. Leaders are committed to the cause and credible enough that people will follow them. They have values, are straightforward, and confident enough to take risks. They connect through relationships, engaging others in the same process. Leaders are strong, well respected, and mature enough to exhibit self-control as the need arises.
Of all the qualities of a leader, skill ranks extremely low on the list. There are very few skills that qualify for leadership potential, only character traits. I have read many autobiographies on leaders and, with the exception of Jesus–the most extraordinary Leader of all times, the most admirable lifestyle on leadership that I have studied would be that of Moses.
Moses’ life and legacy will always be remembered by him leading the children out of Egypt, but what encourages me even more is the purpose and calling on his life since birth. God had a plan for his life, and this was exhibited by him being hidden for 3 months by his parents, who, at the time, realized that he was extraordinary. Moses endured some setbacks but nevertheless maintained a relationship with God that would help him answer the call on his life. Moses took a risk when he obeyed God by asking Pharaoh many times to let the people go. He could have prayed for God to just destroy Egypt and walk away–but he didn’t. With patience, he would go on to obey God during each stage of the journey, listening and talking to God about and for the people. When God Himself wanted to destroy the people, Moses, strong and fearless, came to their defense and was their voice. With the mission before him, Moses continued to motivate the people, encouraging them to trust God. Moses had to have a heart of compassion to keep the people moving at all times. He wanted them to experience a life of freedom; Moses understood his mission.
The most encouraging part of the story of Moses is how he questioned his ability to lead based on his flaws. He told God about his speech impediment and God showed him His Power. God uses imperfect people to fulfill His purpose in the earth. He does not allow limitations to stop Him from accomplishing His plans. Moses realized that Gods strength was made perfect in his weakness.
Moses was an exemplary leader; his story has encouraged me to look past my own flaws and imperfections and see the big picture. The very same God that delivered the children of Israel will use me in the same capacity–to fulfill the mission and show Himself strongly in the lives of those around me. And for the sake of the call, I say, “Yes.”