To Be a Great Leader

A leader can do many things,
To show the worth his vision brings.
With eloquence he can explain,
In speech or song with sweet refrain.

But often words cannot embrace,
The vision he’s seen face to face.
He needs a way to show them more,
He wants to make their spirit soar.

When leaders want their vision caught,
Sometimes the best way it is taught,
Is not with props or fancy talk,
But invitation for a walk.

They reach the place to see the view,
The teacher takes position new.
The two now stand there side by side,
The leader is no longer guide.

With open hand he points ahead,
To lessons that are best unsaid.
As leader he’s thought very wise.
‘Cause students see with open eyes.


John 13:14-17 (NKJV)

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

In order for a lesson to be truly learned, students must be required to take ownership of it. In this passage, Jesus provides three steps that a great leader must take in order to do this.

1. They lead from in front – “For I have given you an example.”

2. They require duplication of their actions – “you should do as I have done to you.”

3. Students who learn are validated with a blessing – “blessed are you if you do them.”

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The poem above was taken from the book, “A Time for Rhyme: Holidays and Family” by Sonny Childs. The poems and devotionals within this book are sure to inspire meaningful holidays and happy family moments.

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