Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 7 Sabbath Afternoon
Memory Text: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NKJV).
Leadership is a hot topic – leaders in business, leaders in government, church leaders, team leaders. There are countless books written on the topic every year, tons of classes and seminars taught on how to be a good leader. In fact, I put just the word “leadership” in Amazon’s book search engine and it returned 184,106 titles.
So what makes a good leader?
Are there consistent traits or qualities that effective leaders have in common? How can we tell who is – or who will be – an effective leader?
Think about maybe people you have worked for or others who have struck you as good leaders. What are some of the common characteristics of successful leaders?
These days on social media, if you like someone’s Instagram and don’t want to miss any of their photos…what do you do? If you happen to participate in the social media sewer known as Twitter, and you don’t want to miss someone’s asinine tweets, what do you do?
You *FOLLOW* them!
Instagram queen, Selena Gomez, has 118 million “followers”…does this make her an effective leader? Katy Perry has 97,298,907 Twitter followers…is she a good leader?
I have also known people in my life who were able to communicate a vision and inspire folks in such a way that they would quit their jobs, pack up their families, and move across the country in order to keep working for these leaders.
Is having followers or people being willing to follow necessarily an indication of strong leadership skills?
We will talk more specifically about Servant Leadership in Tuesday’s lesson, and whether a servant leader exhibits different qualities…but this week’s lesson tends to focus exclusively on the importance of these leadership traits in “church” leadership – the church proper, the organized, institutional, bureaucratic, political church. Sometimes, nothing can reduce the selfless and servant posture from folks like a little organizational power and prestige can…right? Even if it doesn’t start out that way.
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