And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” Judges 4:8
People follow men and women whose leadership they respect. The less-skilled follow the more highly skilled. In general, followers seek those who are better leaders than themselves.
Deborah’s leadership gifts commanded the respect of both men and women, even though few women in her day rose to leadership positions. Even Barak, the military commander of the northern tribes of Israel, sought her help.
The more leadership ability someone has, the more quickly they recognize leadership-or its lack-in others. When groups of people get together for the first time, take a look at what happens. Leaders in the group immediately take charge. They think about the direction they desire to go and whom they want to take with them. At first, individuals may make tentative moves in several directions, but after they get to know one another, it doesn’t take long for them to recognize the strongest leaders and to follow them.
The Maxwell Leadership Bible
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