Leadership in Context Episode 176 Show Notes
Laws of Leadership, pt5
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
1. The Law of Self-Investment
2. The Law of Faith
3. The Law of Doing
4. The Law of Influence
5. The Law of Inspiration
A few weeks ago, we talked about the Law of Faith. As a leader, one of the clear things that you have to have working in you is a spirit of faith. Faith has great magnetism. When you talk about charisma, faith is probably the essence of charisma.
Leadership is not just about your faith in God. Leadership, ultimately, is about believing the God you see in other people. It’s calling people up to another level. It is talking about identifying things in people—that’s the law of inspiration.
Fatherlessness is a dilemma in our culture. An orphan spirit in the Church is very real. What do fathers do? One of the things that fathers do is teach children to move in faith and take risks. When I would teach my kids how to drive a tractor or something in the woods, Penny would be a little nervous about it. I was teaching them something she wouldn’t teach them, and she would just close her eyes and pray. The law of inspiration has a father’s heart in it—that is to teach people not to be afraid of risk.
Inspirational leaders teach people to take risks and not wait until everything is perfect in order to move. People lead in proportion to their faith or they control in proportion to their fear. When you see a controlling leader, someone who cannot make a decision without having every bit of information or someone who won’t give a slightly imperfect person an opportunity, often they are being motivated by a controlling spirit of fear.
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.
This is about stirring things up in people. If you want to be an inspirational leader, you are stirring up the positive things that are in people’s hearts.
Side Note: This is why leadership qualifications and a leadership culture is important. If you want to inspirationally move people to do great things, you have to develop leadership qualifications. If someone is going to be on my team, they have to be a tither. It’s not because God needs the money, but if they can’t believe God for 10%, it’s going to be hard for them to believe God for situations they get thrown into. If someone is not good at being faithful or following through, I don’t want to inspire them to a place where they will be reckless, drop the ball, and leave people hanging. If someone can’t make it to a meeting or an important appointment, that is not a person you want to trust people’s lives with. When telling people to go ahead and take that risk and don’t be afraid to fail, there still should be a culture where that is nurtured and that culture should be those types of faithful actions. Those leadership paradigms, leadership commitments, leadership mandate, are not just to bring people into order, but to release the order in their life so they can do great, inspirational things.
The law of inspiration empowers people to learn how to trust God. There are a lot of secondary leaders who will stay secondary leaders because the only testimony they have is someone else’s testimony. They don’t have their own testimony because they’ve never been pushed out of the nest. And in some circles, they don’t even know they are allowed to get out of the nest. Those people will have to move somewhere else to be able to have the space to have a new idea or try it a new way. We don’t want the Church to be like that.
We want people to have an entry point, a funnel where we teach them how to live a life that hears God, a life that follows God, and a life that is dedicated to God. Then when they get those inspirational moments, they are not fearful of failure because they know that God is good. Remember the guy that buried the one talent? He buried it because he did not know that Jesus was a redeemer looking for a place to happen. He was moved by fear.
I am a risk taker. Not because I know that things will always work out for me. I’m a risk taker because I believe I am following principles in my life that God can bless and I believe that God is a redeemer. I know that if I make a turn, as long as I’m headed in the right direction, God is going to help me.
The law of inspiration empowers people to take risks and to develop their own faith biography and their own testimony of faith. The law of inspiration is that father spirit that is not afraid of a risk. The law of inspiration doesn’t put someone down because they tried and failed. Nothing is wasted. An inspirational leader is redemptive in motivating people to do great things for God.
Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!