No, this isn’t just because it’s Christmas! If leadership is about humility, courage, determination, service, mission focus, clarity of outcome, nurturing followers, team building, teaching, moral integrity…then who has demonstrated more? Two wiser men than me have views that are, unless we are lazy, difficult to dismiss:
For better or worse Napoleon Bonaparte is regarded as a great leader. He said of Jesus, “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself founded great empires: but upon what did the creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this day millions would die for Him.”
C. S. Lewis: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Advent is a season of expectancy and preparation for Christians. As your navigator I’m curious to know how you’re preparing for your 2018 leadership journey. your navigator’s Advent Series 2017 is my collection of 16 reflections, insights and inspiring perspectives that I hope equip you for 2018.