One of the first lessons I learnt about leadership as a student leader in my undergraduate days is that a leader has not succeeded until his successor has. For what value is your labour and toil in leadership if you hand over the baton to another who will squander all the fruits of your labour?
A shameless leader is one who has no concern and regard for posterity. He is one who will not be happy seeing his successor doing better than him. He is so interested in creating an unbreakable record that he will hide his knowledge, skills and experience from the younger ones.
Fathers vs Elders
That’s the difference between fathers and elders. Every father’s desire is to see his children greater than himself but elders are threatened by the progress of the younger once.
All Fathers are elders but not all elders are fathers.
King Hezekiah was a shameless leader. After his pride overtook his sense of judgement and displayed all his royal asset to strangers, the Lord became angry and pronounced judgement on the land. His response was such a shameful one — “Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.”For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.”
Isaiah 39:8 NLT.
Which one are you?
What kind of a leader are you? Are you a father or just an elder? You may be saying, “after all I’m not a leader,” but you have younger ones at home, juniors in school and workplace, even in a church setting.
Are you a proud and shameless leader like King Hezekiah, or a humble and adoring one like King David who went ahead to gather resources for his successor to build a temple?