SO THE Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. (Numbers 27:18)

Although some will deny it, there is an inherent desire in each one to become a leader. Some are just very vocal and assertive about it, while others pretend not to care, yet silently waiting for the signal to lead. There are those dying to have it, and those killing to keep it.

Leadership has such luring power that kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents have a hard time letting go of their thrones. They can’t be blamed though, because with position comes prestige and power, rule and riches.

This type of leadership, however, is worldly and is therefore bound to always fail. That is why history proves no kingdom has remained to this day: Egypt, Chaldea, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Phoenicia, Greece, and Rome. Even modern superpowers did not retain their glory or remained impeccable: Spain, Portugal, England, France, Germany, Russia, and America. They all had their glorious eras but grievous ends. Why? Because their own leaders were drunk by their victory, fought among themselves and broke their ranks.

Godly leadership, on the contrary, is completely different and paradoxical: God said that those who want to be first must be last; those who want to be exalted must humble themselves; and those who want to be great must be a servant of all. God’s idea of leadership is not rat race, mudslinging, bashing, and bullying. Rather, it constitutes of the willingness to offer oneself unconditionally and serve people without vested interest. Money, influence, and power do not corrupt a true servant of God. Are you this kind of leader?

In your own sphere of influence, you are a leader, whether by virtue of election, appointment, or inheritance. At home, show leadership by being a true servant of all. Do household chores as a matter of righteousness and not responsibility.

In the office, show leadership by initiating programs that will benefit the company. If others steal the credit, that is their problem not yours. Again, if you do things right before God, He will give you reward. Leaders need not yell or bark at others just to get their message across. Remember, leaders are like ladies, they do not say they are.

Let us be Godly leaders. We do not need a position in order to influence and make others follow us. As such, let us demonstrate actions and speak words worthy of emulation. Promotion comes from God and we must not fear whenever someone attempts to take any credit due to us. Let us remain faithful first to God, and next to people who trust us and see us as a leader they can follow.