One of the things that I have been very convicted regarding leadership…
Please… I repeat, please do NOT take your followers for granted. Just because you are their leader doesn’t mean they have to follow you. Don’t take advantage of them! Leadership might begin with an appointment, but that is not all there is to it. This is especially with respect to church leadership where people believe in divine authority and submission. I hope your people have some other reason to follow you other than “because God told me to”.
They need to follow you, but know that whether or not they want to can be a different matter altogether.
Of course it would be unfair for me to be ignorant of the fact that church groups are on a volunteering basis, where leaders do not have the usual carrot and stick motivations of salary and promotion to entice their followers. Thus the amount of work done is often based on the depth of their values. Yes, church leadership can be harder, but if we were to focus on lack of motivational tools, we would be guilty of missing the point. If their “followship” is solely based on monetary reasons or biblical principles (which is obviously not wrong), it would not only be temporal, but probably hard going as well.
I think your followers should enjoy following you.
Haven’t we realized that some people’s influence extends beyond their groups? Or how is it that we still ask the advice of some leaders who have moved on to other congregations? These are the ones who have earned the people’s respect; these are the true leaders.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us… if it is leadership, let him govern diligently.