Proverbs 24:3-6 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
“No man is an island, entirely of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main”. (John Donne, 1624)
As Christians we know that each of us lives life as a part of the body of Christ, the Church. The eyes of God and the world are upon each of us daily. Accountability entails the acceptance of discomfort and vulnerability. It means that we are able to report, explain and justify our activities to those who are entrusted with overseeing our work.
Leadership is a two-way relationship between those who lead and those who are led. Communication between people is to be constant and reciprocal. This enables both parties to see and know the progress of the individual and the organization.
Leadership is not management. Leadership ensures that another person manages well. The need within the organization is to nurture an environment of accountability, open and honest communication. Together the manager and the worker strive for excellence in obedience to Christ’s work. Working together minimizes disruptions and confusion because communications is open, honest and frequent within the group.
Leadership ensures that organizations will exist into the future. They must avoid “not seeing the forest for the trees”. The competent leader will submit to the competent direction of those entrusted with their oversight, the Board or Trustees.