Being powerfully influential is the deep yearning of every dynamic leader, but maybe we’re aiming at the wrong target. A leaders aim should be to develop an increasingly anonymous presence whilst simultaneously watching their impact grow. The greatest leaders have always been those whose name’s you don’t know but impact you benefit from every day.
The Anonymous Leader provides a completely different perspective on influence and leadership? A perspective, which will not only replenish it’s reader with excitement and passion to lead people, but equip them with a new, exciting and fresh paradigm to understand Christian leadership.
Leadership is not about the leader, but about the platform they occupy. If a leader can steward that platform with excellence the influence God can have on His people through that leader will be very significant. Christian leadership is ultimately about being so transparent that only Christ can be seen in the influence of that leader. Therefore leadership is not about becoming more successful but instead about leading to the death – that all of who a leader is dies to the presence of Christ. To use John the Baptist’s words, ‘He must become greater and I must become less.’
If a leader can understand the platform they occupy and steward the five components of leadership with excellence their lives will powerfully reflect the increasing influence, grace, love and power of Christ. These five foundational leadership components are passion, trust, invincibility, confidence and commitment.
As a leader relinquishes their personal ambitions and strives for anonymity, their passion migrates toward wisdom and away from recklessness. Their trust builds toward integrity and hypocrisy decreases. Their invincibility is ushered into and grounded in humility, denying pride. Their confidence is nurtured into security, reducing the affect of insecurities. And their commitment is driven into resilience and away from shallowness.
A leader who is wise, of character, humble, secure and resilient will have an incredible impact for Christ, as it is their heart’s desire and life’s goal. To use the opportunity to lead (the leadership platform) to build up the cause of Christ whilst letting go of their own desires for greatness is a leadership this world needs to experience more and more.
Tracking along with the likes of John the Baptist, Joseph, Paul, David, Peter, Moses, Nehemiah, Jesus himself, as well as many others, we are given a beautiful window into what leadership should look like. It is the unambitious embracing and surrender to the call of God, which is essentially valuable in serving and advancing the Kingdom of God.
These thoughts come together in The Anonymous Leader to give the reader a clear understanding of what Christian leadership is, and offer an exciting pathway in the art of self-leadership, and the challenge that accompanies influencing others.
Ralph Mayhew is a church pastor who lives in Australia on the Gold Coast, leading on the team of a large thriving church. He enjoys writing, has authored three books, blogs regularly and writes for Australian Leadership Magazine. His first book, ‘The Anonymous Leader’, is a bestseller and was shortlisted for a national award.
He is married, with two children and has been leading people for over 20 years, ordained as a Minister (Rev.) 14 years ago. He has a Bachelor Degree in Theology and one in Youth Policy, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Ministry and a Masters Degree in Leadership.
He loves people and wants them to become all they can be, a value that is consistently expressed in his writing and speaking. He is consistently called upon to offer leadership development and consultancy, a privilege he thoroughly enjoys.