Can Leadership Be Taught? Or does it only come in the form of a spiritual gift?
Leadership in home fellowships can be a tricky situation. Is a host naturally a leader? Do we even need leaders? Can one learn to be a leader?
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There are plenty of management training programs and various other training on leadership skills. Even within believing communities, we can find seminars and workshops to learn how to be a leader. The question that many often ask is, can leadership be taught?
You often hear the term “natural-born leader.” Which, we know, in reality, is Elohim’s gifting on some individuals. This makes you wonder if people are born with an innate ability to lead. Even leadership in home fellowships, the naturally gifted tend to float into the position, whether official or unofficial.
When you start dealing with people regularly, which usually begins in school, you tend to notice leaders emerge among students.
Each student had the same teachings in school, and yet, some excel at leadership while others are perfectly content at being followers.
If leadership cannot be taught, then why are there so many training programs dedicated to the subject? It seems like enough people would have caught on that teaching an unteachable skill is a waste of time.
The truth is there are aspects of leadership that can be taught. Could the problem lie with the people who are trying to learn? Some people don’t want to be trained in the skills of leadership. They are perfectly happy with staying where they are.The Israel Bible Daily Inspirations
While others have egos the size of Cincinnati and believe they already know it all. In home fellowships that are growing there is frequently jostling for leadership that will rear its unattractive face.
Let’s face it, leadership in home fellowships comes with some hefty responsibilities.
They can make people squirm who are not ready or gifted for this.
Some companies require employees to take leadership training. This could be a waste of money for people who do have a natural ability or gifting in leadership.
The training could also be wrong and do more harm than good for these people. Do companies evaluate these programs to make sure the right types of skills are being taught? Would they even know if they weren’t?
Good leadership is also about having the right type of attitude.
If someone with a negative attitude is participating in a leadership training program, this isn’t going to do them much good. The only way it can make a difference is if the training itself turns them into positive thinkers.
That is possible, but not likely. A person must want to make that change. Training won’t make them see the light, so to speak.
An attitude of service is required to be a leader. – not a power-hungry, ego-driven ‘look at me’ stance.
Some companies put candidates through a training program but don’t allow them to use techniques from the training. And likewise, some fellowship choose leaders and refuse to let them lead.
Leadership in Home Fellowships
We have seen and felt the ugly brute of jealousy bring leaders down. When someone neither gifted or trained in leadership makes a power play through manipulation – things get ugly fast.
“There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.”1 John 4:18
This scenario has played itself out in many a Hebraic Roots fellowships.
As a people, we tend to be those who have learned to march to the beat of our own drummers. We may have a little bit of a rebellious streak in us. And mostly, we don’t ever want to fall prey to the lies of men again.
It causes many a disruption, heartbreak, and relationship chasms within HRM.