I’m not a leader, am I?

I was 17 years old when I officially became a teen leader at our church. That’s where my career as a leader started. Of course, I had already taken the initiative before in organizing football teams. I had been the spider in the web for the annual school project and I had taken the lead in building our tree house. But teen leader was my first formal leadership title. Man, I was so proud.

Newspapers and graffiti

Looking back, I was asked to be a leader because of my passion. I still had to discover and significantly develop skills and competencies. But I was wild about teenagers and not afraid to do the craziest things. With immense dedication and full of creativity, I would enthusiastically lead those six beautiful teenagers from our church. The three full days I spent sticking newspapers on the wall are an example of my passion. It was a room that we would use during a camp weekend. I would and had to make that space cool with newspapers andgraffiti on top. It worked exceptionally well, but the time spent gluing and spraying was longer than the weekend itself. Lots of passion, little insight.

Healthy growth

Fortunately, I have been able to follow a long path of training and practice, filled with trial and error to grow in character and qualities. A painful route that mainly consists of ‘pruning and cutting’ and on which people have sometimes become disappointed in me. In parallel with the in-depth development in those two areas (character and qualities), others have entrusted me with more and more authority.

I think this is how healthy leadership growth should go. We don’t really aim to increase our influence, as many leadership trainers will tell you. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the wrong approach. You can increase influence without having a healthy impact. Growing in leadership is growing in the quality of your influence. This growth in quality mainly says something about what changes in you rather than what you want to change in others.

You as leader

You may be reading this blog with the feeling that it is not about you. You are not a leader or you do not feel like a leader anyway. Then I want to invite you to look through the eyes of God. He created you for a specific purpose. “God said, ‘Let us make people in our image, like us; let them have dominion…” (Genesis 1:26). Man, including you, was created with the destiny to rule. Not to dominate and oppress, but created to bear responsibility. You were born to have influence. Qualitative, heavenly influence on behalf of God.

David saw it

David already describes it in Psalm 8. Among all the words of praise about God, David is amazed at the responsibility given to man. “You have almost made him a god, crowned him with splendor and glory, entrusted him with the work of your hands, and placed all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:6-7). God has entrusted you and me with much to care for and to influence. No matter how you look at it, you have influence. On your family, your environment, your colleagues, your customers… and also very visibly on your fellow road users. Your action regularly determines their reaction. Let that influence on others become increasingly valuable.

To develop

Jesus said, “If you can be trusted with small things, you can also be trusted with great things” (Luke 16:10 NIV). He wants to entrust you more and more, if you can be trusted. When you invest in the growth of your personality and take time to develop your talents and skills, you will automatically be given more authority. When you increase in quality, God gives you the quantity He has ready for you.
Therefore, leadership in the kingdom of God is not measured by the number of people you lead, but by the number of people you serve. As your heart grows, you can serve more people and God will increase your leadership!

We are extremely enthusiastic about the vision and dynamics of our School for Leaders. If you want to invest in the quality of your influence , you are very welcome to participate next year!
You can read all about the School for Leaders HERE

About Martin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Karin, 2 mooie dochters, passie voor Jezus, spreker, schrijver, trainer en een beetje gek!

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