A strong leader knows when they are stumped. They know they cannot pull a rabbit out of the hat and they are willing to ask for help. Strength in leadership comes from seeking good counsel from trusted advisors, but also from the grass roots.
A good leader knows that every decision affects the followers. They take into consideration the ones who seldom have a voice.
On the other hand, insecure leaders believe that every answer will come from their own sense of clever invention and skillful decision-making. They are not open to contrary opinions or ideas. In the mind of a weak leader, their power must be maintained at all costs.
Strong leaders know that the weak must be strengthened and given respect. Strong leaders encourage and empower the followers.
Paul is mentoring a young man named Timothy. He had known him since Timothy was in his teens. Now placed as a pastor in his first church, Paul writes to Timothy,
Paul knew that there were people of his own generation who would look down at Timothy for being so young. How can a young pastor say anything to us? We’ve been around since Jesus and these young ones talk as if they have it all figured out.
Paul knew that Timothy needed the encouragement to take the lead with these older people. He knew that it was not good enough for Timothy to settle for the standard of the older ones. Timothy was chosen by God to pastor these people and needed encouragement to stand up to the bullying, dismissive attitudes.
If you can encourage a younger leader, you need to let them know that you’ve got their back. They ought not to listen to your negative peers. That young stranger on the sidelines may be the one that God chooses to speak through and fill the nets.