Hard Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson | 8/30/2015 | Ron Edmondson
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Ron, I am deeply touched by your article. You definitely managed to point out the things that all young leaders need to consider, otherwise they risk turning into horrible bosses. As the world evolved, we managed to bring leadership as the new way of approaching authority and make the manager more human. This is what young leaders need to understand, that their role is not to show older generations that they are better trained or smarter, but to learn from one another. This generation gap should not be approached as something negative, but as an opportunity to learn and improve.

I like the way you couched what it means to be a "big boy and girl". Often when you see or hear this, it has to do with being more underhanded than someone else in order to defeat them and win in order to accomplish what you want to accomplish. This is illustrated in the movie "Clear And Present Danger" where Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) is berated by CIA Director of Operations Bob Ritter (Henry Czerny) for being a "Boy Scout", meaning that he was too moral to play the political game effectively. Jack Ryan was expected to grow up and be a "big boy" or be steamrolled.

Christians - Sort - Leadership - Service - Matt

However, Christians are not called to that sort of leadership. We are called to lead through service (Matt 20:24-28; 1 Pet 5:2-4). Some may see this as being hindered in our ability to be leaders, but it is a demonstration that we are under authority. Our success will glorify God and he will glorify us in the last day. But we are also called to understand the politics of power that the secular world practices because we are also instructed, as the disciples who Jesus sent out were instructed, to be "wise as serpents...
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