"So even if I boast somewhat freely about
the authority the Lord gave us for building
you up rather than tearing you down, I will
not be ashamed of it" - 2 Corinthians 10:8.
Authority is another word for power, and there is no question that leaders have some measure of power. As a leader, you cannot be ambivalent about this power or try to avoid it. What you can do is learn how to use that power in the correct way, and that is to build up and empower other people around you. In other words, your job is to give your power away, and then watch the Lord replenish it with even more power - but only if you use it for the good of others and your organization. Dr. Henry Cloud states in his book that leaders are 'ridiculously in charge.' That means you have the authority to promote change, help people and launch initiatives - not build a personal kingdom.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you fearful or ashamed of your position, power and authority? Don't be! Are you using your power for all God intended? Attached below is my leadership philosophy. Read it and then write out your own personal mandate of how you will use the power of your position for the good of others and the organization. Once you have developed it in final, then live it, referring back to it regularly to evaluate how you are doing and revising it as needed.