The Book Review of Richard D. Allen’s ‘The Genesis Principle of Leadership: Claiming and Cultivating Your Created Capacity’ – The Key Foundation of Leadership Skills (Every Effective & Authentic Leader Should Know)
What is the key principle of leadership? This Book Review of The Genesis Principle of Leadership: Claiming and Cultivating Your Created Capacity by Richard D. Allen was inspired by a class assignment.
The reader is drawn to the author’s thesis on this principle of leadership – that “Leaders are not born! Leaders are not made! Leaders are created!”. This owes to a biblical fact that leadership was God’s first instructions to Adam and Eve as stated in Genesis 1: 26-28 where He commanded the mankind to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and have dominion.
What is the Principle of Leadership?
Richard Allen draws the reader to a fatal flaw in the society’s current understanding and thinking about leadership that has crept subtly amongst Christians. In the church today, leadership is coupled with sanctified, adopted, and recycled worldly secular leadership models that have produced defective, anti-biblical, and unbiblical notions of leadership imbibed by a leadership-hungry society.
The notion that leaders are created by God in His image and likeness is not popular in the world today.
The human race today is totally oblivious of this understanding. Whirlwinds of doctrine have tossed mankind about that t is a very tedious and difficult journey to fathom the purpose of being created.
The loudest voice in the secular world and church says that leaders are born and made.
The author gives an exposition of how human beings were intentionally created and shaped distinctly from all creation with a duty to reflect God, impacting every facet of life and all creation here on earth as a leader. Nevertheless, disobedience through sin and fall of Adam begun the distortion of total dependence and responsibility to God in leadership roles.
This sets the foundation of the genesis principle of leadership.
Key Principle of Leadership Development
Richard’s point of view of a ‘behind the scenes’ active purpose of God in refining, molding, and shaping humanity in leadership stands out. Moreover, life experiences count for something, no matter the scope or magnitude.
It is a challenge for people to see that in these circumstances, situations and experiences, God is in the business of molding us to effective transformational leaders who can groom others to be better. That is the reason the majority of leaders are shy of sharing their ‘grass to grace’ encounters, experiences or situations out for fear of disgrace, peer pressure, and judgment by society.
The emphasis is to ‘fake it till you make it’, hence living a façade. On the contrary, these experiences mold, encourage and admonish the body of Christ.
As Mr. Allen states, today there is a conscious and intentional commitment worldwide to raise the next generation of effective and transformational leaders.
However, there exist pockets of the mature and older generation of leaders who do not delegate tasks or roles in fear of losing face or source of income. They also do not expose upcoming young leaders on any opportunities for training and development into effective leadership roles for they believe they are leaders for life.
The result is a widening gap in leadership views and intense conflicts between these perceived ‘ old school’ and ‘old fashioned’ leaders in contrast with the trendy and vibrant young millennial generation.
These emerging leaders thirst for creative and innovative solutions in the church leadership that can be emulated by the secular work to offer a timely, lasting and beneficial change to the constantly evolving world. The author clearly directs the reader to effective leadership that transforms circumstances and people.
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There is an evident emphasis on leadership styles that makes others more powerful.
However, African leadership, starting with the church, does not make others more powerful for fear of losing power and authority, a coup, or redundancy. Those deemed more powerful and stronger than the older nature leaders are taken away to very remote, harsh environments, away from the central business districts just in case power is perceived to be changing hands.
Coaching and mentorship of a leader is generally perceived to originate from the West, yet there exists a gap in effectively entrenching this attribute of dominion with excellence in society. The author observes that the society has a distorted view of dominion. The bias in society is to easily accept power when associated with the man, the powerful, tall, strong, and wealthy.
Despite a wealth of books, literature, seminars, and training, the handicapped minority and women are still left out of key leadership roles. Any deviation from this is seen as exceptional and extraordinary. The walls are slowly falling down and allowing this classification of society taking up senior and crucial leadership positions.
Leadership Competence and Issues
On the issue of ethics, contrary to the author, my view is that decay of morality in the African culture stems from distortion and deviation of culture and traditions from ancestral norms as trained by the missionaries that first visited Africa. In the African culture, morality and ethics start in the home. Habits, behaviors, code of conduct, rule, and regulations that were already in place before the white man ever explored the continent.
Notably, fundamental ethical values like the respect of the elderly cuts across all tribes, communities, and nations. As the African communities grapple with the conflict of whether to follow or not follow these traditions, a lot of harm and damage of devastating nature is witnessed in society.
An emerging generation has arrived on the global scene.
It is characterized by a lack of respect for elders, not taking care of the old but taking them to homes of the aged, talking back at the elderly and not heeding the advice. This generation has adopted the ‘cool’ and ‘chic’ culture of the West that allures them with freedom of speech and choice.
Yet the written word of God is very explicit in matters of respect; that we are to respect those older than us and pray for those in authority. The morality and ethical traits are very wanting in the leadership of today. They do not seem to reflect on the core and genesis principle of leadership. The African setting has to allow all cultures and traditions to have an encounter with the word of God.
Accountability and the Leader Army
The illumination of the word on all rules, habits, vices, taboos, traditions, culture and regulations in the society, community, tribes, and nations give moral agents reasons for their behavior and response to any stimuli.
A case in point is the political climate of Kenya, where the voice of the church leadership is weak and the secular world does not seem to know the opinion of the church. The nation is crippled by irrationality and indecision, not knowing that God’s perfect will is for people to make the right choices in alignment with the word of God, accountability, and responsibility.
The church leadership of Kenya seems to lacks a firm voice that gives political, social and economic direction. Instead of being at the forefront. Christians trail secular leadership – that too is undecided.
As a result, the inhabitants of the land are filled with bitterness. They grumble and complain. Arrogant fanatics have arisen – and these are not responsible for their actions.
South Korea could be emulated under the church stewardship has of Pastor David Cho. In this case, every bill signed into law by the President is also signed by Pastor Cho because the moral ethics exerted in the nation are unquestionable.
Transformational Leadership Skills
In a few outstanding situations, those under the guidance of the Holy Spirit have inherited immense and valuable effective principles of leadership attributes through training, development, coaching, and mentorship. They emulate and tap into the wealth of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge from their teachers, mentors, coaches, and exemplars by spiritual growth, learning, and mental/emotional development.
“Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years.” John C. Maxwell
Source: Wealthy Gorilla
In turn, a chain reaction is set in motion to train, mentor and raise other effective leaders to fulfill their purposes and roles in the church and the secular world. There are leaders who have made it their mission and passion to develop effective transformational servant leaders and restore the created attributes of those under their jurisdiction like the author of this book.
Human nature is inclined to love and forgive those that reciprocate.
Due to the global terrorism threat supported by the massive recruitment of the underserved, underprivileged and poor youth, the seed of revenge is deeply rooted in the society of today. The emphasis is a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye with evidence of manipulation and personal selfish gains.
The room to forgive, love and regard others highly than self – even those that do not reciprocate – is old fashioned in the 21st Century.
The irony is that society has sought solace amongst the Christians, only to find the church full of hurt, wounds, pain, and sorrow that stems from dysfunctional and broken homes not dealt with effectively. As a result, the principle of leadership in the society today propagates revenge and showcases the strong, wealthy, loud, and majority that oppresses and exploits the weak and minority without mercy, love, and compassion.
It is interesting to note that the author points out that acts of mercy and grace should extend favor and compassion done in silence. An effective leader is admonished to extend compassion and mercy to those who seem not to deserve it just as God extended to the world with salvation and forgiveness of sin. The majority of the leadership in the secular world and the church advertise their acts of mercy to the world.
There is a lot of speculation and scrutiny of magnitude, source, and intention which creates competition on who has outdone the other. This trait is very wanting in society yet the word of God calls for secrecy. Also, the author has explained how glorious and wasteful generosity of time, talent and treasures provide indescribable and unspeakable joy and fulfillment to a leader.
In society today, the hoarding culture is a menace. Giving is limited to used, torn, and useless items. Man is very busing amassing more wealth and can only avail him/herself in their spare time and for only a few minutes.
Do We result to Army Leadership Styles Instead?
Richard Allen also addresses conflict resolution by an effective, transformational servant-leader in the church, the community, and the society, where man is reconciled to another in alignment with the word of God.
Truth and reconciliation commissions have been established in some African countries, with emphasis on healing ethnic and tribal conflicts. At the church level, this matter is handled very lightly and yet conflict resolutions are part and parcel of servant’s principle of leadership aided by love and forgiveness in accordance with the word of God. So what salt or light is the Christian leadership projecting to the world?
Likewise, church leaders work independently in their ministries and callings and do not encourage relationships with other congregations not knowing that the magnitude of fulfilling the great commission would be of humongous impact when all resources, gifs, and talents are pooled together.
Contrary to this, the millennial and current society advocates for independence with the emergence of gated communities where neighbors do not know each other. The rise of terrorism in the world has forced society to reverse this living model with an emphasis on knowing neighbors.
Politicians and some leaders that seek a position of authority in the church use this to sway votes and do not depend on God, the One who appoints, qualifies and predestines leaders.
Today’s leaders are neither reliable to those they serve nor trust others to accomplish tasks unless external pressure is exerted. Instead we have witnessed atrocities including:
- Exploitation and oppression of followers is the order of the day since the creation of man.
- Rampant unfaithfulness
- Gaps in delegation
- Lack of compassion
- Immoral unethical behavior
- Unbearable weight of the ‘imposed’ pressures of life
- Unapproachable rock leadership roles
- Contracts, promises, treaties, covenants, agreements, and vows are broken every day
Society is not alarmed at all.
Unreliability is evident in the massive and recurrent collapse of churches, families, corporations, and governments due to the phenomenal influx of unfaithfulness cut across leaders from all walks of life.
The majority of the African countries gained independence from colonialist by working together with the leadership of one courageous and fearless spokesperson who ended up being a President in some cases.
Very little maybe been written about the other team members who also played a crucial role in achieving the goals or purpose at hand.
They trusted each other, they shared all they had, they were dependable and vowed to secrecy. They all made choices to revolt against the existing governments and were willing to take responsibility for their actions, to the point exile and in other cases death.
Finally, there is a persistent voice of freedom expressed in the society as described by the author, Richard Allen that has led to the emergence of a peculiar and unique community of transgender and gay in the church and secular world. Today we witness gay pastors, gay marriages and an increasingly gay-tolerant society.
Yes, we a have to exercise the freedom of expression and choice in living as who we are in society.
My question is … if this was initially seen as an abomination by older generations past. What happened? What changed that overtime society grew numb and tolerant with increased applause and acknowledgment of this freedom of expression?
The challenge now lies in the primary principle of leadership at the home where a leader has to shield the naïve and growing children to responsibly make the right choices in life and exercise their freedom of speech and expression in alignment with the written word of God. Moderation is not exercised even by fanatics in the political scenes across the globe, neither by social influencers who by the minute upload nude photos of themselves online.
The only bias I encountered in reviewing this book is the failure to include examples from cultures of other continents like Africa and Asia. There are leaders who conquered odds. Their exemplary display of the principle of leadership attributes exist.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
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