Animals live by instincts; humans, by reasoning. The greatest ability God endows man with is the ability to think. And being able to think is one of the reasons man is said to be created in the image of God. So, if you choose to be an authentic leader you ought to learn how to think as God thinks, for this is the first thing leaders must do to provide authentic leadership.
The issues of leadership flow from the thinking box called the mind. For instance, no leader can fail unless he has first failed in the mind. And if a leader will make success, it happens first in the mind. For instance, God said He had given the children of Israel the land of Canaan, but ten leaders out of twelve thought they could not take the land. They saw the inhabitants of the land as giants and themselves as grasshoppers. Ridiculous! You may say.
On the contrary, Joshua and Caleb had a different mindset. They saw the inhabitants as bread and the land as what God had already given to them. In the end, the ten leaders perished, but Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land.
Really, thinking is the key to leadership destiny. If there is a skill you ought to acquire quickly, it is thinking skill. The following are some of the thoughts leaders ought to think always.
i. Accurate Thought
Everything emanates from thoughts. We create most of our problems by our wrong thoughts; we can solve most of our problems when we switch over to divine thoughts. God’s thought is the highest thought, by it He created the heavens and all the galaxies known and unknown. But the best mind among us has no capacity to independently think the divine thought. God said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9, (NIV).
Meanwhile, when you become redeemed by the blood of Jesus, you will receive the mind of Christ, you will have the ability to understand and think the divine thoughts. Apostle Paul said we have the mind of God by the virtue of our faith in Christ Jesus. With the mind of Christ in you, you now have the capacity to think like God. Hallelujah!
Now, what is accurate thought? The accurate thought is the thought that is in agreement with God’s thought. God is thinking about you and every issue of your leadership. If you will provide authentic leadership in the home, Church or market, you must locate God’s thought that addresses each issue of your leadership and align your thought with with God’s thought.
ii. Selfless Thought
Authentic leadership requires selflessness. Most of us do think that we are the center of the universe; yet that is not how authentic leadership happens. Anyone who cannot sympathize with other people in their sufferings and lack won’t be able to serve God’s purpose. So, the hallmark of correct leadership is being able to think for other people towards solving their problems or meeting their needs.
The biggest problem most African nations have is lack of selfless leaders. When these leaders think, they think of themselves; they amass wealth while the majority of the people are wallowing in abject poverty.
iii. Hopeful Thought
Authentic leadership requires good future orientation. A leader is a person who walks in front showing other people the way to a better future. Now, if the leader has a poor view of the future, he may stumble, not being able to provide effective leadership.
Therefore, an authentic leader must be able to think clearly of the future. While others see trouble, he must be able to locate the solution, creating a better future that is most desirable.
iv. Holy Thought
Without holiness, authentic leadership doesn’t happen. Because leadership is God’s business and because God is holy, a leader must be nothing less than holy.
Notice that God doesn’t guage holiness by physical appearance, but by the content of the heart. While King David instructed Solomon on leadership, he said, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever” 1 Chronicles 28:9, (NIV).
God must find your heart clean all the times. Anytime evil thoughts sneak into your heart, it is your personal responsibility to cast it down and embrace holy thought (2Corinthians 10:4-5).
v. Solution Thought
Authentic leadeship requires solution mindset. Life presents problems in different sizes, colours and times. And the best time for leadership to nanifest itself is when problem arises. The followers may be clueless and discouraged, yet an authentic leader must rise to the occasion and proffer solution. He must think outside the box to fix any nagging issues.
Therefore, you must adopt perpetually the solution mentality. Every problem has its solution. Sometimes a problem may even come with its solution. It takes a leader with solution mindset to locate it.
vi. Eternity Thought
Leadership is a journey to eternity with God. An authentic leader, therefore, ought to see everything with eternity in view. Some men pursue vanities, an authentic leader must not be in that company. Anything that has no eternal value doesn’t worth your labour.
Brother Paul said, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” Philippians 4:8, (NIV).
Leadership requires hard work. One of the most crucial tasks of leaders is thinking. To provide authentic leadership at home, Church or market, you ought to develop your thinking skill. I shall share another important task of leaders in the next edition. Remain blessed! R