The Leader as a Lone Ranger?

Posted: March 12, 2011 in Ministry
The Lone Ranger was a favorite TV show of mine back when I was a very young child.  I remember watching it originally in black and white, and then it eventually went to color!  Being a “lone ranger” in ministry is not helping anyone out…especially the people that we get the opportunity to minister to.  Take a look at the article below by Bill Elliff about “Lone Ranger Leadership”…it is very biblical!

Lone Ranger Leadership.

Bill Elliff

Lone Ranger Leaders “What you are doing is not good” (Exodus 18:17 ESV). It never works. God designed that men should lead—in their homes, in the workplace, and in His kingdom work. But the One who designed that you should lead also designed a plan for your leadership. And His plan rarely includes lone ranger leaders. The Problem with Most Leaders Moses’ father-in-law (what a blessing to have a father-in-law like this!) observed his beloved son-in-law and gave him advice. He confronted him lovingly but truthfully. “What you are doing is not good,” he said. He told him what the results would be of his singular leadership: “You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone” (Exodus 18:18). The Plan from the Wisest Leader He also told Moses God’s plan. It involved Moses doing the one thing he could do best, and then spreading out the leadership responsibilities among a group of God-fearing, faithful men who would share the load. “You shall represent the people before God…. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens” (Exodus 18:19-21). He further prophesied of what the end results of this shared leadership system would be: “So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace” (Exodus 18:22-23). He would do well, God would have the means to direct His people well, and the people would do well under this orderly, shared government. The Priority for All Leaders If you are a leader, remember that you are not designed to lead in a vacuum. You’re not that good. If you think you can handle it yourself, you are either

  • naive and simply unaware of this important truth,
  • vainly arrogant, with an exalted view of your own abilities, or
  • foolishly unwilling to accept God’s wisdom about this and make the necessary adjustments.

It’s important to note, however, that Moses did not build a team and then give all of his responsibilities away. He was to LEAD. This meant that he was to build a team around him so he could be freed to do the single thing he could do better than anyone else—be the people’s primary representative before God. Moses carried a high task to hear God and bring God’s words to the people. His second most important job was to build a team of leaders who would shepherd the people well. Great leaders humbly build teams. They recognize their responsibility and privilege as a leader—Moses never abdicated that—but they build others who can do the work with them. What are your thoughts on this?  Have you experienced a “lone ranger” type of leader…if so, what happened?  Have you been a part of a great team with a great leader?  If so, what happened?  Take a moment and let me know below.  OH, and remember…even the Lone Ranger…had Tonto! 🙂

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