In the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, we read a simple yet profoundly powerful declaratory statement as follows: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and earth’. This statement cannot be more definitive or emphatic. It does not speculate or hypothesise; neither does it create any room for debate or doubt. It simply tells the reader in clear language exactly what God, the Supreme Leader did in the beginning – He created the heavens and the earth. Period! End of discussion.
Let’s look at that statement in a little more detail. First of all, it begins with God. It states quite categorically that He created the heavens and the earth. Implicit in the statement is one of the abilities that all true leaders possess; namely, the capacity to see the future. You cannot create what you cannot see. So we conclude: God is the supreme visionary.
Secondly, we see God as purposeful. Within the vision is embedded a purpose. In other words, God was intentional about what He was doing. He had in mind to create – the heavens and the earth – and so He did.
Thirdly, we see God revealing Himself as powerful. In other words, He is able to bring into being what He envisions or sees with His mind’s eye. His words have the potency to accomplish that for which they have been sent. Again, implicit in His ability to see is that He is a God of design, the God who brings shape and form to things. The other thing we see within that simple statement is that God is the ultimate Creator. He created the heavens and the earth.
All these attributes we have so far identified about God in this opening statement, give us very clear indications as to some of the hallmarks of a leader. A leader is someone who can see, is intentional, purposeful, and has the ability to bring what they visualise into being. A leader is one who designs and brings order and shape. As you go through your leadership journey, begin to ask yourself these questions:
Am I seeing what I should see?
Am I seeing the future?
Am I purposeful?
Am I intentional?
Am I bringing order and design to the world around me?
Am I creating?
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.