In a previous article, we considered the idea of God as a supreme leader. Not only is God the supreme leader, we see another aspect of leadership that He displays; namely, God as the leader who sets the agenda.
It is the role of the leader to set the agenda, alone, or generally speaking, in the context of a team; whatever the wider context may be – family, profit and non-profit organisation, Church or community group. One of the key abilities required to set the agenda is the capacity to communicate effectively.
In verse 2, 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22 and 24, we see the agenda-setting responsibilities of a leader being modelled by God and the way He does it is through speaking. We read in verse 3 ‘…and God said…’ This is a pattern that is consistent and evident throughout the rest of the first chapter of the book of Genesis. It is the responsibility of a leader to speak, to communicate through the spoken word. There is power in words.
One of the great gifts of any leader is the ability to communicate in a way that is clear, persuasive, motivating and compelling for people to respond to what has been said, even if they don’t fully see or understand it all.
Leaders see further ahead than the people they lead, so it is their responsibility not only to communicate the reality they are seeing, but to speak that reality into existence. That’s why we read in the book of Hebrews that ‘He (God) calls those things that are not as if they are.’ And so God says, ‘Let there be light,’ and so there was. He says, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from waters,’ and so there was. And so on – ‘let there be’. So it is the responsibility of leaders to speak.
Not only do leaders set the agenda by speaking, they set the agenda by creating, because the words they speak create reality in the minds of those who listen to them. Not only in the minds of those who listen in the spirit realm, but their words becomes a reality in the physical realm. God spoke and what He said came into existence. Part of the leader’s responsibility in the process of setting an agenda is that new realities are defined by the spoken word.
So, the leader visualises, the leader speaks, the leader creates or produces a set of results which removes an existing reality and put a new reality in place. That is how a leader sets the agenda.
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.