Repost: Points of Leadership Series (5)
Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, welcomed Dr. Feyi Obamehinti to provide another commentary in a series.
“A true leader influences others spiritually only because the Spirit works in and through him to a greater degree than in those he leads.” – John Oswald Sanders
Points of Leadership is all about equipping leaders in maximizing their leadership for the people they lead.
Think of these questions that came as a result of this platform-Points of Leadership with Kevin Price: (i) Why do you think we have degenerated so low as humans and Americans dehumanizing each other because of politics? (ii) This heightened caution we have developed about each other in opposing political parties, can we recover from it in this nation? These are great insightful questions for all leaders in every nation and not just here in America. God has these answers. I will attempt to provide some thoughts towards our reflective actionable responses.
We know these are times of political unrest- these are dangerous times. People around the world have lost so much due to political persecution. Ask any refugee or asylee from around the world and they will share their stories of bravery and heroism. Like many nations of the world, in the USA, livelihoods are tied to the elephant or donkey connections or opportunities. This should not be the case. We have forgotten that we are the human race and not a party race. We have forgotten that there is a Creator who is in control of all things, including humans. We have forgotten that content of heart and character is the most important thing and not the elephant or donkey affiliations.
We cannot overstate the importance and value of content of character, in a time when we are more prone to knowing people based on the elephant or the donkey. If we make this our focal connections, we miss out on getting to know great people for who they are and their purpose in this world. The ingredients of leadership is a call to all leaders to come up higher! We know how critical ingredients are to any good tasting food. In a time of holiday celebrations with so many delicious meals cooked- we know the value of ingredients.
The ingredients of leadership is all about serving and leading people to be better and not because of the elephant or the donkey. The ingredients break down the political walls people tend to hide by. It calls leaders higher! It calls leaders to be better! It calls leaders to be emotionally healthy!
Ingredients of leadership call us to:
(i) Lead with love- a virtue of grace and strength in helping people to be better. Our world is filled with many good definitions of love. However, the Bible has the best definition of love. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 defines love perfectly, “Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. Leaders, let’s take this challenge and lead like this.
(ii) Lead with hope- a virtue of empathy and compassion in empowering people to be better. Hope can only be possible when its anchor is bigger or greater than what humans can muster up. That leaves us with a bigger than life Person, that we can put our hope in- Psalm 147:11 says eloquently, “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” Leaders, let’s anchor our hope in what cannot be shaken by the things of the world and lead like that.
(iii) Lead with joy- a virtue of simplicity and strength. Joy is an inside job and has little to do with the happenings of the outside. If you have ever been around someone grumpy, you know there is a battle going on inside in addition to the external circumstances. The same is true for someone who is joy-filled, you can see the rays of strength on his or her face in addition to the external circumstances. Joy comes from a heart of gratitude. Joy helps to propel us higher. Leaders, let’s lead with joy.
Leaders, let’s lead people no matter what camp (elephant or donkey) they may be, with love, hope and joy! These are virtues that have a lasting effect and impact on people.
Dr. Feyi Obamehinti
A wife, mother, an ordained minister of the gospel, Bible Teacher, speaker, life educator, author, co-founder of nonprofits Oasis Connection Ministries and Oasis Focus Inc., co-host of Oasis Connection TV, Oasis of Hope Podcast and encourager extraordinaire of the Wellness Project.
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Dr. Feyi Obamehinti
Daughter of the King, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Mentor, & Educator who is enjoying the Blessed Life in Christ Jesus.