Leadership Qualities: Initiative Part 5
Leaders Host People-3 John 3-12
While 1st John is about God’s life and 2nd John is about God’s truth, 3rd John is about God’s way.
In his letter, John uses the picture of a host. Hosts take initiative with their guests. They do what is right by others, make them feel comfortable, give direction to conversation, and provide for others. Leaders like host, don’t react; they act. They go first and risk whether the other person will respond positively. It is part of being a leader.
John distinguishes between going first and wanting to be first. Diotrephes wanted to be first, but not necessarily go first in serving others. Here we see the difference between a “guest” and a “host.” Consider what this letter teaches us about the leader as “host.” Leaders take initiative . . .
- In their lifestyle
- With others, especially strangers
- In owning responsibility
- In doing good, by acting and not reacting
- In modeling for others
Join me next time for Leadership Issues: Compromise