From as early as 8 years, I have been involved with leadership.
And this ranges from various dimensions of secular service roles to the academic and spiritual. Everywhere I went; it seemed there was always a seat reserved for me. And I kept wondering, ‘Why do I keep getting these appointments? Why does Providence keep lending me to positions of service and responsibility?’
I needed answers because I wanted to find purpose in leadership. I needed answers because I wanted some motivation I could always fall back on to give my best in every service role I accept.
I realized that if I couldn’t find reasons to always commit myself to leadership responsibilities, at some point I would easily slip into negligence, indifference and lethargy. That way, I could fail woefully and eventually not maximize the opportunity.
This is not only true for someone who has had several service exposures, but also for someone who is venturing into leadership for the first time.
In this post, I have identified 8 reasons why leadership roles should be taken seriously.
Let’s dive in.
#1. Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership
You may have heard that before.
They are the sagacious words of world-renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell that perfectly captures the essence, burden and importance of leadership.
When you assume a leadership role, this is the most fundamental reality you must work with. Whether things will work or not, depends largely on you. Whether there will be progress or retrogression is your responsibility.
There is nothing more weightier than this that should drive you to commit yourself to your role.
#2. Leadership Will Help You to Master a Skill, Concept or Principle
You probably had been exposed to a lot of skill, concepts and principles over the course of your life or in your previous leadership appointments. However, you may not have practised them sufficiently enough to gain mastery. Another leadership role may just be what you need to utilize that principle or concept and be proficient at it.
Take for instance, concepts like time management and goal setting; and skills like multitasking. They are such that you gain mastery at with every service opportunity you utilize.
#3. A Leadership Role Will Help You Utilize What You’ve Learnt
Leadership is all about managing people.
Just like we read about relationships and marriage before getting into one, it is possible to have imbibed certain theories and fundamentals of leadership through books, trainings and other resources without a real leadership experience.
As such, a leadership role offers you the perfect opportunity to put your knowledge to use – whether at a primary level or at an advanced one.
#4. Leadership Roles Help You to Learn Anew and Grow
It is often said, that, ‘Learning never ends’.
Well, that usually proves true for someone who is open to learning. And if that describes you, then leadership roles will provide you a platform to learn and grow. There will be sufficient demands, responsibilities, exposures and experiences in a given leadership role, for anyone who is diligent and committed to surely learn a lot and grow. As a matter of fact, you could learn form your team members or even your subordinates.
#5. Your Leadership Appointment May Be To Meet a Need
Your assumption of a leadership seat may be divinely orchestrated simply because you have certain value and attributes required to tackle a need in the system.
Your previous experiences, trainings, qualifications and exposures may have adequately prepared you to attend to a lingering problem that your predecessors have failed to overcome. If you notice that, you should grab the opportunity with both hands; it may be your stepping stone to greater heights.
Joseph in the bible is a classical example. He assumed the ‘prime minister’ role in Egypt to manage resources ahead of years of want. Note however, that he served diligently in his previous roles as head of staff in Potiphar’s house and coordinator of prisoners, while in jail.
#6. Leadership Appointments Provide Opportunity to Groom Someone
Generally, a leader is expected to mentor a successor.
However, there are times when someone other than your successor has been positioned within your system for you to groom to realize his or her potential. Take King David as an example. After he was anointed King, many people gravitated to him. Eventually, none of them became his successor, but he succeeded in training and grooming a number of them to the point that some of them were reckoned as David’s mighty men.
#7. A Leadership Appointment Can Help You Identify an Opportunity Or a Need
Sometimes, God brings you into leadership so he can help you see an opportunity, or a need, you will be instrumental to addressing later on.
While William Carey, served as School master and pastor at the local Baptist church, the need for Christian missionary work became more pressing on him and he would later go on to become a pre-eminent missionary to India.
#8. A Leadership Role May Usher You into A Greater Phase
One leadership role you assume may just be a preparatory one for a higher stage. Sometimes it might even be a pre-requisite for your ascension. So as you serve diligently in that role, you are only cementing your claim to the higher stool.
While I served as a Zonal Coordinator for my fellowship on campus, I had no inkling that I would be taken further. I simply applied myself to service and at the end of the term, the National President’s office beckoned.
#9. Your Leadership Appointment May Affirm Your Calling in That Area
In your leadership trajectory, you may notice an inclination to certain roles. For instance, you may find yourself often taking a welfare service position. When you notice such trend, do not take it casually. It might just be that you have a life assignment along that line and those appointments are pointers to that direction.
Beyond motivating you to give your best in every service appointment, I am convinced these are the same objectives God seeks to achieve when He keeps drawing you into leadership appointments.
So, when next you take up a leadership role, keep these in mind.
Ogaga Eruteya is a Nigerian Christian minister, writer and speaker. He writes on Faith, Personal Development, Youth Development, and Life Realities. With his words, he seeks to inspire, motivate, propagate life’s truths and represent a sincere Christian voice. Learn more about Ogaga here.