If you are a leader, more than likely you have a strong personality. I have worked with many “lion” leaders in my day. The very power of their personality can move people to follow. But I have also seen those same lion leaders fall simply because they rebelled against the authority over them.
Submission is not a word you usually connect to leadership but it may be one of the most powerful attributes for a leader to succeed in going the distance and successfully passing that baton of leadership to his/her successor.
Signs you are a rebellious leader:
- You think you can do a better job than your leader.
- You often make negative remarks about your boss to others and you allow others to speak negatively about them to you.
- You don’t pray for your boss.
- You keep things from your leader that are significant.
- You take pride when others comment that you are a better leader.
- You don’t think you need the accountability of a leader over you.
- You avoid informal conversations and stick to only required meetings.
Signs you are a submissive leader:
- You pray for your leader often asking God to give them strength, wisdom, and favor.
- You speak highly of them in front of others, especially those you lead. You intentionally strive to make them look good in front of others.
- You drop by informally just to check on them and to see if they need anything from you.
- You know they aren’t a perfect leader but you know that God has placed them in the role of leadership over you. You see your submission to them as ultimately submission to God.
- They know you respect them by your words and by your actions.
- You go out of your way to serve them because you understand the weight of any leadership role is heavy. You want to help carry the load.
- You respectfully but courageously speak truth to your leader.
- There is more power in submission than rebellion. It is a strong and courageous leader that gives respect and honor to the leader God has placed over them.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17
How do you see submission as a key attribute for leadership?