Spiritual Life

The Case for Uncommon Leadership

Wannabe Leadership

Do you ever notice how the more people “try” to be unique or different from the group, the more they look like everyone else doing the same thing? When I was in High School, we called that person a “wannabe” or a “try-hard.” They were trying so hard to stand out they end up standing out in the wrong way or just looking like everyone else.

I don’t wannabe a wannabe leader. I don’t want to be common. The more we learn to be our authentic selves, and lead from our own unique design, the more valuable we become as a leader. Even though it takes a tremendous amount of vulnerability, I think we should stop looking around at what is being celebrated in others, and start focusing on what God is celebrating about us. The more we live for an audience of one, the bigger the audience in front of us will become. 

An Uncommon Purpose

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

2 Timothy 2:20-21 ESV

You have a special purpose. It is an uncommon purpose. But the more you try to be like everyone else the more you dilute that purpose. In other words, the more common your leadership will be. To be an uncommon leader, you must tap into your individual purpose. We do this by keeping our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith instead of the praise of man.

Permissable or Beneficial

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:14 ESV

Don’t live a common life if you have the chance to live a chosen one. It is common for leaders nowadays to be called to relevance, but that doesn’t mean we should leave holiness behind. To be a chosen leader, we must accept the call and choose a life that looks different from those we are called to reach.

I like what Dr. Howard Hendricks said,

“Others May. I cannot.”

Dr. Howard Hendricks

We need more uncommon leaders helping people through the common problems of life. We need more leaders who are not just looking to indulge in what is permissible but instead are choosing the beneficial things. 

Common, Called, or Chosen

Leaders in an ivory tower don’t help anyone, but neither do leaders who look no different from the problems they are called to address. Being relevant and being common is not the same. To be common is to lose your value. To be uncommon is to have added value. Many are called, but few are chosen. Are you living your life as someone is common, called, or chosen? Many are called to ministry, but then there are those that are chosen for a special assignment. Don’t live a common life if you have the chance to live a chosen one. I belive these are the kind of leaders God is looking for.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

Ezekiel 22:30 NLT

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