Every Really Strong Leader Must Have a Master
What exactly makes a really strong leader?
First, there are probably as many definitions for the word “leader” as there are people to give those definitions.
Leadership can be defined as:
- People of strong and creative imaginative powers
- People with the ability to inspire others
- People who possess unusually keen foresight
- People who have fanciful speculations and enthusiasm
- People with unusual powers to see the future
- People who LEAD THE WAY
Leaders face the same problems everyone else faces. However, rather than becoming paralyzed by problems, leaders work at finding a solution. This mindset is someone who does not allow the “negatives” of life to detract them from what they see.
Leaders can embrace possibilities even when they are the only one that sees them. Leading the way does not does not frighten a true visionary.
Really Strong Leader and the Lead Dog Parable
The best leaders are people that are challenged to inspire others to see the potential of the unseen. It is much like being the “lead dog.”
Here are a few facts about a “lead dog”:
- The “lead dog” refers to the one who guides the sled team.
- The “lead dog” is much like a “true visionary” that helps sets the direction and regulates the speed of the team.
- “Lead dogs” must have some direction greater than themselves.
- “Lead dogs” do their work at the direction of a master. For the lead dog, it is the human “musher.”
- “Lead dogs” are the most critical part of the team. They set the pace and keep the other dogs focused on the trail.
- “Lead dogs” are the dogs that respond to the musher’s commands.
- “Lead dogs” must be alert and intelligent.
- “Lead dogs” use their senses to lead the team in the right direction.
- “Lead dogs” also keep other dogs on the team moving by pulling the gangline tight.
Just like “lead dogs”, a true Christian leader must have someone greater than himself or herself that encourages them to lead. In fact, visionaries cannot be soloists just like a “lead dog” cannot lead without a human master. As a human is in charge of getting sled dogs to work and pull things together, a true leader must allow some greater power than himself or herself to direct and give directions to lead the way. The Bible gives some insight about this idea:
Psalm 25:4-5 ~ Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths……
For those who are Christians, it is obvious that the Lord Jesus is the leader. However, he instills in many of us a “visionary-leader” mindset.
John 16:13 ~ “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…
There are some who are called to lead the pack. But never forget this, “All true leaders have a Master!”