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Leadership was created on the 6th Day

Posted in Leadership with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by blog4leaders

 

You have a right to your opinion: Creationist vs. Evolutionist

At a glance the title of this blog appears to have it a ‘thing’ or two to do with it that is controversial. A contemporary brand consultant may deem it to have shock value. But neither is really my objective. From basic knowledge in biology we know that the smallest unit of life is the ‘cell’ while the ‘atom’ (although has the neutron, proton and the electron as constituents) is still largely refer to as the smallest unit of matter. For centuries, the best of human endeavors have been dedicated to the attempt to fully decipher the origin of Man and the planet he dwells in. For the purpose of this I intend to meticulously guide any incursion I may make into other issues apart from leadership or related topics. Humans are free moral agents and are free to own their opinion and possess their own interpretations concerning humanity and divinity and other realities associated with existence. At this point it won’t do much good if I stoke any controversial fire so I going to navigate carefully away from the century old cold war between the Creationists and the Evolutionists. But I find it too tempting not leave a ‘little’ question for any Evolutionist who would dare to respond: “Life is complex enough. Why are you folks complicating things?”

Leadership: Instinctive or Acquired?

You want to know what my stand is? You will decipher that shortly. Being free begins from owning your will and the freedom is further extended when you can exercise this will. Please note that the use of the term ‘exercise’ in this context does not necessarily mean the same as ‘wield.’ Having established the fact that you have a right to believe anything you perceive to be the ‘truth’ I can now present to you the ‘Truth’ which I have seen, touched, handled and applied. Just as any human life begins from the union or the fusion of a viable spermatozoa and ovum so also Leadership has a point of origin. We are born with instincts even animals. Some talents are inborn while some are learned or acquired. The question now is: “Are some persons born with the instinct to lead while some other persons are born with the instinct to follow? Or is it that some persons learn to be leaders?”

The origin of Leadership

I will attempt this question shortly, stay with me. From the Creation accounts as documented in the Holy Scriptures, the first and second chapter of the book of Genesis presents a clear picture of the origin and inception of leadership. If you don’t believe in the Christian faith or maybe a free thinker you may want to back off hastily or better still put it off as a myth but remember that myths are realities we deal with in our day-to-day lives. Let’s examine some Scriptures together: Genesis 1:26 – 31; Genesis 2:1 -3

 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  (Gen 1:26 KJV)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  (Gen 1:27 KJV)

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  (Gen 1:28 KJV)

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  (Gen 1:29 KJV)

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  (Gen 1:30 KJV)

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.  (Gen 1:31 KJV)

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  (Gen 2:1 KJV)

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  (Gen 2:2 KJV)

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  (Gen 2:3 KJV)

 

If you read the above Scriptures carefully you would have noticed these fine points:

1.      Man was created by God and in the very image and nature of God.

2.      Man was created to replenish, rule, govern and tend the Earth.

3.      God assigned Man to replenish, rule, govern and tend the Earth but not to abuse or diminish Nature or oppress his fellow Man.

4.      According to the Creator, Responsibility is the index of Leadership.

5.      After the creation of Man (every man and woman), the ability and the responsibility to lead (rule or govern) was bequeathed on him.

6.      Both Humanity and Leadership were created on the 6th day.

7.      God literarily could not rest on the 7th day until He has put Man in charge of His creation on the 6th day.

(please note that when I use the term ‘Man’ I mean both Male and Female).

Leadership is Responsibility

Armed with the above points I will now give my answer to the question above: Every man is born with the potential to lead, rule or govern. The only thing to it is that we do not all lead equally. Let me add that the scope of your leadership is proportional to the level of your responsibility. In other words, you can only lead within the ambit of your responsibility. I will now define Leadership, in my own terms, “as the ability to be responsible for yourself, those around you and your environment.” Now this is a pretty new definition and I am ready provide back-up proofs for this definition. One of the most apt definitions of leadership I have ever read is the definition given by J.Oswald Sanders: “Leadership is Influence.”

Secularly, we define leadership as the ability to direct, guide, or influence others. Some other Leadership experts have added that: “Leadership is the ability to create in others the reason to buy into you or your vision or purpose so as to achieve a set goal or target.”

There are other definitions that picture a leader as the figure in front or the one everyone is following after or listening to or imitating. But I have come to see that a true leader could either be in the vanguard or the rearguard depending on the setting. Leadership does not necessarily connote having the loudest voice or the having the final say in a given matter. It also goes beyond the feeling of being in charge. For me, responsibility is the consummate essence of leadership.

To be responsible for self means to be able to govern and conduct self in a manner that is acceptable and beneficial both to Humanity and Divinity.

To be responsible for others means to relate and treat other humans in a manner that is acceptable and beneficial both to Humanity and Divinity.

To be responsible for your environment means to handle and treat your environment (Cosmos, World, Nature, Surroundings, Planet, Elements, and Universe) in a manner that is acceptable and beneficial to both Humanity and Divinity.

Whoever meets the above three definitions is a leader, indeed! Remember the first assignment given to Man was to tend and govern the Earth. Today, a lot of people have died or are in jail or are in precarious states and circumstances because they either failed take responsibility for self, others or the environment they found themselves. Or maybe others (which could have been their parents, teachers, or government) failed to take responsibility for them.

Case studies of Leadership by Responsibility

History is replete with the accounts of Men and women who stood out in the chronicles of great leadership not necessarily because they had noble blood flowing in their veins, inherited or had access to great wealth, had perfect upbringing, were powerful warriors or because they were great orators. Instead, they stood out because they were responsible, first for self, others and the environment in which they lived. Jesus Christ was able to impact and redeem Humanity because He was responsible for self and the Humans He came to save (John3:16, Hebrews 4:15, 16). Mohandas Gandhi (1869 -1948) was able to secure the freedom of his country (India) because he was responsible for self and for his fellow Indian nationalists. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968) was able to secure and better the future of his children and his fellow Black and minority races in America because he understood the essence of leadership- Responsibility.

Mother Theresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997) is another great leader who contributed immensely to the betterment of humanity because she understood that to lead means to be responsible for others.

Every human is born with the potential to lead

 

I will continue with this subtitle in my next posting. I know that this post has a lot of stuff to react to. Please feel free to leave comments but be purposeful and meaningful. See you soon! You, too, can lead!

                                     -Akpenyi Dennis ©2008 (the Oracle of Denzyjones)

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