Leadership Under Authority

My doctoral colleague, David Wright, posted the following in a recent discussion forum:

“…leadership is never totally mastered and leadership means being led…When I consider the topic of leadership I have the following portion of scripture as a foundation:

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Matt 8:5-10

Leaders must be under leadership to be effective. Christian leadership is not possible otherwise. The submission of followers is not valid without the leader being submitted to the Lordship of Christ. To be in authority, you must be under authority.”

This is a wonderfully concise description of Second Generation Leadership. To lead truly is to lead out of submission to another and to model for your followers how to be a follower.