One of my favorite and most convicting leadership verses from the Bible is Judges 5:2- When Israel’s leaders took charge the people gladly followed. Praise the Lord!. To me, this verse puts leadership into perspective in the following ways.
First, “taking charge” in this context, is not about taking over but taking responsibility. It means leaders take on the full understanding and weight of leading, knowing that they also are fully culpable for the outcomes. It means too that leaders know where they’re going when it comes to vision, mission, and direction, and make it clear to everyone else. Finally, taking charge means leading by example and following through.
Second, “the people gladly followed” because the the leaders took charge, as described above. People will sell out to a vision but they want and need leadership that is clear about that vision and more importantly, are sold out to it themselves.
Too many visions are derailed or never move forward because leaders simple don’t “take charge” when it comes to leadership! Again, taking charge means taking full responsibility for not just the expectation, but the execution!