GLS15: Session 7a Sam Adeyemi

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 7a
Sam Adeyemi
Crushing the Power Chasm

  • born into a middle-class family with dad a government employee
  • construction in the family
  • family went through financial hardship
  • desired success and comfort
  • “When God asks you a question it is not because he doesn’t know the answer. Most of the time he wants to confront you with your foolishness.”
  • “You will not find the definition of success for your ministry or organization until you help the people I sent to you to succeed.”
    • "The object of leadership for many leaders is their own success, but the object of Christ’s leadership was the success of His followers
    • John 14:12 – for Christ the object of his leadership was not Him, it was the success of His followers
    • this takes the focus off of us and on to the people. Ask, “What are their needs? What are their problems? What are their issues?”
    • Selfishness is the focus of many leaders – James 4:3
    • “Following you should hold the promise of life change for those who follow you.” – Mathew 4:19
  • In many cultures being a leader makes you superior to the people you are leading. In such a culture leaders don’t empower others.
    • Mark 10:42 – Jesus is lived in such a culture
    • Powerful are very powerful and powerless and are very powerless
    • “The downside to power distance is that it can leave followers with low self-esteem and afraid to challenge a leader’s views.”
      • they tend to wait for approval before they do anything (a permission seeking culture)
      • people will not give feedback to the leader
      • leaders can be less accountable
    • “Jesus crushed the power gap between men and women, adults and children, leaders and their followers.”
      • Jesus embraced the children and told adults to be like them
      • Jesus healed on the Sabbath to confront the power structure
      • “As leaders, we should create the Jesus type of power structures”
      • Matthew 10:1 – disciples given authority and power
      • “Jesus gave power away.”
      • Jesus said to Peter, if I can do it you can do it to
  • “There is something about leaders and talented people that makes us think others cannot do what we do.”
    • Numbers 11
    • Shepherds feed sheep which allows sheep to give back to sheep and invite more sheep
  • There is a huge opportunity in parts of the world where people are oppressed and there are power gaps.
    • It is not the absence of money that makes you poor. You need ideas to make money.
    • There are opportunities to empower people
    • “Jesus did not only crush the power gap, he overturned it”
    • Luke 22:27