Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.
Jephthah had all the tools to lead but found himself in just about the worst leadership position you could imagine… His family hated him. He was homeless. He was alone.
Jephthah had every opportunity to curl up in a corner and give up. He could have taken his “mighty warrior” skills and hired himself out to the highest bidder. He could have let bitterness and the thought of revenge consume him.
But. He. Didn’t.
He looked around at where he was living, he made a plan, and he led. Granted, he was leading scoundrels instead of noblemen. But he was leading.
Because he knew that leaders lead.
- It doesn’t matter how big or small your influence is…leaders lead.
- It doesn’t matter how high or low your rank is…leaders lead.
- It doesn’t matter how young or old you are…leaders lead.
- It doesn’t matter how much or little you have to offer…leaders lead.
Leaders lead. Regardless of the circumstances they find themselves in. Whether you’re surrounded by a bunch of worthless rogues or an army of knights in shining armor, if you’re called to lead, it’s time to step to the plate.
Stop cursing your current status and start leading into your future potential.
Check out the first post of this series on leadership, “Everyone Leads Someone,” here.