When the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, He can enable them to do the extraordinary.
A bible character who has helped me tremendously during my leadership journey is Gideon. In Judges 6 we read “Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.” The Holy Spirit enabled Gideon to do things that were way beyond any personal quality and natural influence. Before the Holy Spirit came upon Gideon he was hiding, complaining, fearful and had a wrong perspective of himself. When the Holy Spirit empowered him he was courageous enough to blow a trumpet and to lead an army to a victory that nobody expected. The Holy Spirit does empower us for certain tasks and certain times as He chooses us to fulfill God’s plans on the earth today. How exciting is that?!
The Holy Spirit empowers us to ‘do’ leadership. Also, the Holy Spirit empowers who we ‘are’ as leaders, and we all lead. Leadership is influence. If you influence anyone, then you are by nature a leader. We influence our children, spouse, friends, colleagues and others in our church community. So all of us are leaders to some extent in our different contexts.
To be great leaders we need to be men and women of good character, who we ‘are’ really does matter. Character is the underpinning quality a person needs, to be an enduring and effective leader.
Character is best developed when we have lives that are open to the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit. Allow the character of the Holy Spirit to rub off on you. We BECOME what we BEHOLD. If our leadership and influence is to be effective and enduring, then we need to ensure our character is shaped and moulded by the one who can guide us into all truth. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13