As a teenager, I ran for school office. I always wanted the top positon of president or captain of the group. Young and ignorant back then, I thought if I allowed someone else to sit in a position above me then it meant that I believed that they could lead better than I or that I was afraid of leading. But today, I am not as quick to grab the top spot. I’ve learned what type of leader I am. I am a Joshua leader. I often tell those who are over me that if they just do their part as Moses then I can handle the Joshua role with no problem.
Moses, of the Bible’s Exodus story, was God’s mouth piece but Joshua was HIS executor. Joshua’s responsibility was to hear and pay attention to the instruction and then produce; carrying out the will of God with all his resource and potential. Joshua Leadership is representative of the words of Luke 16:11-12 which bears witness to a man being faithful to another man’s work so that he too can be given his own. Demonstration of Joshua’s leadership in bible study or character profiles often references the transition of power after Moses’ succession. This is mainly because we often see leadership as one head and then several branches in descending order and power. Yet, Joshua was leading even while Moses was head. Joshua, an undergird of Moses, empowered Moses’ leadership more than we give credit.
Joshua Leadership can be defined as the executor carrying out the administration of a vision such that production and expected ends are achieved. Here’s why Joshua’s executor position in leadership is vital to any Moses leading well.
Joshua demonstrated the following:
- Follow in close proximity – In order to undergird, a Joshua Leader has to be close to the chief leader and you must remain humble. Humility requires that you have close relationship with the Lord because our flesh often wants to compete. When you are humble, the head doesn’t fear your authority or position in relationship to his/her own. They welcome your closeness and realize the benefit in having the executor to carry forth the will in its practical sense at the same degree that it was visually imparted to the visionary or mouthpiece as in the case of Moses.
- Execute with thoughtful precision – A Joshua Leader considers the task carefully without being moved by adverse influence. He or she researches and surveys the environment. They are wise. Henry Bergson once stated, “Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought”. This is an accurate description of Joshua. Joshua’s movements were the results of time of reflection and prayer. When he did execute, the events followed periods of wait and suspense demonstrating his carefulness in taking action.
- Exercise your faith – Joshua was close to Moses when he prayed in the tabernacle and he would remain even after Moses departed (Exodus 33:11). This is key because this meant that Joshua had his own relationship and recognized that his positon required more time with God intimately. A Joshua Leader cannot exercise the will of God without first exercising his faith in Him and doing that means to operate those activities of devotion, meditation, good works and recitation of God’s word outside of the time the leader has instructed or demonstrated.
- Serve with integrity – A Joshua leader has integrity that serves them well. The head knows the accuracy of his/her actions because he/she has proven dependable in the past and repeatedly demonstrates this level of integrity unwaveringly.
I serve a couple of organizations today in a Joshua Leader role. It is not an easy role to carry because the production of the vision takes a great deal of work. When I am speaking of Leadership LINKS, Inc.(www.leadershiplinksus.org), I like to say that our Board Chairman is the heart of the organization and I am the circulatory system. If I am not carrying it, the blood doesn’t get to the places where it is needed. I know that there is much power in the blood stream. Therefore, there is also a great deal of spiritual warfare involved in serving as a Joshua Leader. The devil has witnessed once before what a team of Moses and Joshua can do and so he wreaks havoc on these relationships today in churches, organizations, school, governments and marriages. But the key is knowing your role and being determined to be found faithful. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). Joshua was such a leader. He proved himself and when succession was necessary, God made him ruler over the same people Moses has led.
I don’t desire the head position like I did as a high school girl and I tell you why. If I were in the position of Moses, I would want another QuaWanna to undergird me. So since I can’t serve myself, I would rather be Joshua to someone else.
Are you a faithful Joshua Leader? Leave a comment about which of the characteristics mentioned above can you attest to that have proven that you are in the right position?