From early in the Old Testament, we get the clear picture that there are different levels of leadership. When Moses was overwhelmed by the number of people he was leading in the desert, he received wise instruction to place leaders over the people. It’s the Exodus 18:21 principle.
But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Here is what I have discovered about the Ladder Leadership Principle.
Some are capable of leading tens. They might be Community Group leaders or a small ministry coordinator. They function best with a small group to lead. They have enough leadership ability to pour into a small group.
There are other leaders that have the mentality to lead the fifties or even hundreds. They have a dynamic that attracts others to them and especially other leaders. They know how to empower, train and raise up leaders of tens.
At the top of the ladder are the leaders of thousands. These leaders keep their eyes on the big picture. They realize what is MOST important for them to do and stay focused there. They have mastered the skill and art of leading tens, fifties and hundreds. They realize the sacrifice it takes and are willing to make it. They have impeccable character and are often full of charisma.
Where do you find yourself on the leadership ladder?
Tomorrow I’ll expand on dealing with leaders on the Leadership Ladder