How to Choose a Leader by Bishop Dr. S. I. Okelezoh
Genesis 49: 22
The core business of the gathering of youths is to raise leader, strong nations, powerful builders and strong managers. If you follow carefully, you will know that leaders cannot be selected from seeds, for its character kills grace and anointing has not been manifested yet. And this can only happen through planting, when you plant a seed, its true nature is manifested.
Gen. 49:23 reads, the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him.
One of the points to determine who a true leader is, is when he has been shoot at, how he reacts, according to our text above.
As a youth or leader, you must be mindful of every opportunity you are given to serve because heaven is watching you.
Factors to be considered when choosing a leader
- Love – Love was the factor in Jn. 3:16 that enabled God to give us his son. According to Ps. 105:17, love was the factor that enabled Joseph to sale. It takes a youth of love to dig deep into “wells” of riches of knowledge
- Productivity – Joseph was productive. The person who is chosen as a leader must be productive, fruitful, produce results, must move the vision forward.
- Resourcefulness – A leader must be resourceful and that is why his roots must go down, deep into the “wells” so that he can draw resources. A leader must be resourceful in bringing ideas and knowledge.
- Resilience – Resilience is the power to overcome in the midst of obstacles, opposition; the power that enables you to remove the same, without giving up, without complaining. Joseph was resilient and that was why he did not slip and abandon himself in grief when he was shot at by the “archers’. How quick are you to send away grief, anger, sorrow, resentment etc.? This is what determines the kind of leader you will become. Complainers are not compliant. You will hardly find a complainer complying with others.
- Ambitious to surmount and to excel exceeding. You have the rod of dominion and the power to subdue everything contrary.
- Depth- Depth connotes how deep your love for God is. How deep is your depth? Now well is for depth and wall is your height. How are your roots to deep down? Any leader that has shallow roots will not be able to stand firmly.
When your roots are deep down, you will not be shoved out of faith. We are to be steadfast, unmovable abounding in the work of Christ, we are told to earnestly contend for the faith. Jude 1:3.
Somebody who wants to be a leader is someone who must have depth.
- Depth of God
- Knowledge of God
7. Learning- Growing in grace, wisdom, and knowledge and in spirit and beginning to impact, bless the next generation. Learning implies becoming a trainee under the trainer.
8. Skillful in knowledge and wisdom- True knowledge will give you good vision, understanding and wisdom. The knowledge some people acquired cannot be put into use because they are not skillful.
9. Honesty- Read: Dan. 1:3-8 and 15, Acts 6:1-7, 1 Tim. 3:4, Gal. 4:1-4, Isa. 9:6.