We have discussed several areas concerning fear in the past, but as fear relates to leadership deserves consideration as our word of the week.
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Adding a historical element to fear includes the idea of a mixed feeling of dread and reverence.
Knowing the definition of fear helps us recognize that fear can be good or bad. A healthy fear can be instrumental in delivering us from the danger of pain or threat. Without fear, especially in relationship to God, it can lead to eternal consequences.
There is a negative side to the relationship of fear when it comes to leaders. Some leaders rule with an iron fist, a strong arm approach to keep others afraid. They lead by intimidation and the result is destructive.
The last thing we need is to have others follow because they are afraid of their leaders. May we always understand how to demonstrate a healthy fear for God and lead without an unhealthy intimidation that keeps others under our power.