Leadership is Adam, giving to the livestock, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, the fish in the sea, and of course, Eve.
Leadership is Noah, rounding animals two by two into the ark, preparing his family for the storm that was to come.
Leadership is Moses commanding Pharaoh, “Let my people go,” and then bringing them out of Egypt, trusting Jehovah Jireh, their Provider.
Leadership is Miriam, the prophetess of God, her voice leading in song of praise and jubilee.
Leadership is Deborah, the prophetess and judge over Israel, mediating disputes between the Israelites.
Leadership is David, the shepherd boy stepping up to face the giant Goliath with El-Shaddai, the Almighty God.
Leadership is the Shepherd who leads the sheep beside still waters and onto lush green pastures.
Leadership is the Lover inviting His Beloved to come with Him in words of the Song of Solomon.
Leadership is John the Baptist, the strong voice in the desert crying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”
Leadership is Jesus, kneeling to wash the disciples’ calloused, dirt-covered and pungent feet.
Leadership is the husband who loves his wife, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Leadership is servanthood, for where a servant’s heart is, there a leader will be also.
Written for TalkBAC, August 2004