“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matt 23:11
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Leaders are readers.
“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
1) I lead, you watch
This speaks of demonstration. Whether you’re learning style is being observant or not, this is where it all starts. First show them how it’s done. It doesn’t matter what area you are trying to teach.
2) I lead, you help
This is where you do less than before. It is only done half-way and because you have already demonstrated the whole thing, the student should already be familiar. At this point they will be your assistant.
3) You lead, I help
Here the roles are switched. Instead of you doing most of the work, you become the assistant.
4) You lead, I watch
The test begins. You’ll be seeing all your skills put in action and whether or not you were effective every step of the way.
Realize that you lead yourself first before you can lead anyone else. That is also part of what loving your neighbour as yourself is about. You can’t give what you don’t have. Be someone worth following. You don’t have to be in a “leadership position” to do this. Teaching a child table manners is a start. Helping a friend with a project. Giving pointers for cooking. What we miss at times is that we are leaders everyday. Even if it’s something small like directing someone towards the right path, you need not take such things for granted because the test of leadership is really the test of character.