At the beginning of this year, I joined the Worship Harvest Leadership institute, a leadership development space hosted by Worship Harvest Church in Uganda. A key requirement of the institute is to read on average two books per month and provide a synopsis. It follows therefore that we have so far read six enriching, life changing books.
Of course at the beginning of the course, the news was received with measured excitement and a bit of ambivalence. To many of us it seemed a daunting task ahead especially given our busy schedules and equally competing demands such as family, career, friends and other social commitments. However, six months down the road this is arguably one of the most enduring life skills that the institute has imparted in all of us.
As a keen student of great and not so great leaders, I have observed that there are a few traits that distinguish a leader. The conceptual clarity and depth of knowledge of a leader is what makes one stand out.
At a recently held Fearless Summit 2017 an annual gathering of church and market place leaders who are passionate about bringing godly change to every sector of society, speaker after speaker exhibited deep knowledge of the subject matter. A number of the speakers if not all had published a series of books on the subject matter that they spoke about. One would therefore conclude that beyond being led by the spirit, they had taken a lot of time to research, reflect and engage on the subject matter.
In the book of first Chronicles chapter 12:32 it says that from Issachar there were 200 men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. In short the 200 men were certified solution finders. It is very disheartening when you interact with leaders who lament about situations until the cows come home. It seems to me that to know what one should do, is not rocket science, but an intentional, exploration and reflection on the subject matter will lead one to find pathways to the challenges of our generation.
One of the speakers at Fearless Summit chastised us to ensure we become the best there is in the trade that we have chosen by simply doing our home work a.ka. research. We can all make Dr. Google our friend, especially in this age of free access for all.
In sum, reading and more reading therein lies the power to create a shift in the way we respond to the myriad of crises of our time. As the famous quote by Jon Byler says, “those who don’t read, have no advantage over those who can’t read.” May that not be our portion.
By Eunice Musiime