Reluctant Leaders

You Are Enough


No two leaders are the same, though many of us think that we have to act and sound the same to be successful. Dave Workman shares how that belief made him a reluctant leader and how his view of leadership changed when he studied leaders in the Bible. Dave Workman is President of Partnership Advisors, a consulting firm devoted to helping churches and nonprofits become more healthy and effective. He is also the author of The Outward-Focused Life and Elemental Leader. 


What is your personality type? In what ways does your personality influence how you lead?
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Describe two successful leaders you know who have very different personalities and leadership styles. What do each of them do well? What makes them so successful?
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Have you ever felt like a reluctant leader, or felt like you had to be different to be successful? Why? In what ways?
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Dave mentioned a few reluctant leaders in the Bible. Read the passages below about Moses and Gideon. 

Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)

10But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”11Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Judges 6:14-16 (ESV)

14And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?”15And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”16And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


How did both Moses and Gideon respond to God after being called to leadership? What did each of them blame for their inadequacy?
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How did God respond to Moses and Gideon? How might He respond to your leadership fears or insecurities? Why?
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We all have the potential to be great leaders…not because we have the “right” leadership style or personality type, but because God created us purposefully and promises to always be with us and help us accomplish the tasks set before us. Pray that God might help you believe this.