A Man on a Walk

“If you think you’re a leader, look behind you. If there’s no one there, you’re just a man taking a walk.”

This quote came to mind when I read this post by Ben Arment questioning whether we should use the title “leader” as part of our identity. He closes with this insight,

I think “lead” is something you can choose to do when circumstances call for it. But it’s not a job title or a status.

I think we should simply be doers. React the right way. Live courageously. Pursue great visions. Act with integrity. Serve others. Bring ideas to life. And let our status speak for itself.

Seems to me that titles are pointless unless they reflect an underlying reality. That famous Kansan, Bob, makes a similar point. (No, not him. – the REAL Kansas Bob!)

Is this simply an over-reaction to the heavy leadership emphasis in recent years? Is “leader” a legitimate title?

Or, in our attempt to correct a lack of leadership, have we abused and overused it?


4 thoughts on “A Man on a Walk

  1. Here is one of my favorite verses in the gospels:

    “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ. -Matt 23:9 (MSG)

    The truth is that we all, in a sense, are used by God to lead others. IMO it is foolish to call someone your spiritual leader because it makes them you Pope (i.e. Holy Father).

  2. Titles are like nicknames in a couple of ways. First, you are not allowed to give yourself one. Second, if you do not consistently live up to it, it becomes a sarcastic joke instead of a term of endearment or respect. As for the specific title of leader, I think this post and the others referenced by Kansas Bob are right on. Be an example by following the example of Christ and leave the titles and descriptions for others to worry about.

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