PASTORAL THEOLOGY 2
CHRISTIAN LEADERS ARE MADE NOT BORN
ADEJUMOBI MICHAEL ADEDAMOLA
MATRIC NO: 74348
IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE AWARD OF
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY
MARCH 2012 CHRISTIAN LEADERS ARE MADE NOT BORN.
Everybody is born to be a leader but special qualities and training are needed to become a Christian leader. Several decades ago, researchers started trying to answer the question which has been lingering for centuries on whether Leaders are born or made; the debate goes on and on. WHAT IS LEADERSHIP
Dr. Paul Hersey defines leadership as "working with and through others to achieve objectives." Given this definition, anyone in a position whose achievement requires the support of others can play the role of a leader; Christian leaders are those that follow, obey and do the doctrines and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christian Leaders are Always Made
Leaders are actually made and at the same time some are sort of born. Leadership can be learned by anyone with the basic doctrine of Christ as we familiarize ourselves with the word of God and take after the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. You need to study to show thyself as a Leader (2Tim.2 vs. 15) and the more you chew the word of God everyday, the more knowledge of becoming a Christian leader you get. (Joshua 1 vs. 8) But an awful lot of leadership cannot be taught, this is because leadership is an apprentice trade. Leaders learn about 80 percent of their craft on the job. They learn from watching other leaders and emulating their behavior. They choose role models and seek out mentors. They ask other leaders about how to handle situations. Leaders improve by getting feedback and using it. The best leaders seek feedback from their boss, their peers and their subordinates. Then they modify their behavior so that they get better results. Leaders learn by trying things out and then critiquing their performance. The only failure they recognize is the failure to learn from experience. In their book, Geeks and Geezers, Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas identify the special power of what they call "crucibles." These are trials which teach hard lessons that leaders use as the basis of their strength in later crises. Many of these events can be called "failures," but leaders turn the bad situation to good by learning from it. Effective leaders take control of their own development. They seek out training opportunities that will make a difference in their performance. Effective leaders look for training programs that will help them develop specific skills that they can use on the job. Then, they when they return to work, they devote specific, deliberate effort to mastering in real life what they learned in the classroom. Marshall Goldsmith and Howard Morgan studied the progress of 88,000 managers who had been to leadership development training. The people who returned from the training, talked about it, and did deliberate work to apply their learning were judged as becoming more effective leaders. The ones who didn't showed no improvement. If you're responsible for leadership development for your company, you should structure your support for your leaders to recognize that most leadership learning happens on the job. Help people develop leadership development plans. Help them select specific skills training and then work on transferring skills from the training to the job. Help them find role models, mentors and peers to discuss leadership issues. Help your leaders get feedback from their boss, peers and subordinates. Work to create the culture of candor that will make that feedback helpful and effective. Don't stop there. Make sure that you evaluate your leaders on their...