John Maxwell, leadership guru, said it best: Everything rises and falls on leadership.
In organizations with volunteers as workers, such as non-profits, charity or churches, leadership plays a great role. Volunteers are given roles to perform but can quit anytime since they are not paid. Thus, what makes them decide to stay or not, I believe, is not the purpose but the leadership. Purpose keeps you going for only so long.
My father tells me that the reason people leave is not the task but more often, soured relationships. It’s rather easy to leave in this age. There isn’t just one place with can serve. There are many.
I’m not asking leaders to pacify their workers to keep them happy. I’m asking them to be extra careful, prayerful even, when dealing with the precious souls of God’s children. Reflecting the godly servant love of our Lord Jesus who didn’t come to be served but to wash our dirty feet. That’s true leadership. Sadly, it’s a rare commodity these days.
Let’s pray for our leaders to be like our Jesus:
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”