If you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." - Luke 22:42
The kind of leadership that bears the heavyweight of influence and credibility comes with sacrifice. This goes to show that leadership is not about making an exhibition of oneself as a leader while cruising in the euphoria of throwing ones weight around. While some leaders prefer to take the stage and draw attention to themselves, an exceptional leader may at times THROW HIS REPUTATION OVERBOARD, to pave the way for others to come on board with him. The Bible says that Jesus made Himself of no reputation and humbled Himself to the point of death, so we who are dead in the spirit could be made alive with Him. Jesus made the tough call of taking the fall, forsaking His inestimable glory in heaven, to take upon Himself the sin of the whole world. What a sacrifice!
Another leader who made a tough call and went down fighting for the deliverance of the Jews was Queen Esther. It happened that the Jews in the land of Shushan were out of the good graces of Haman, King Ahasuerus’s right-hand man. In view of this, a death warrant was endorsed to wipe out the Jews. However, being a Jew and queen in the land, Esther stepped up to the plate, to reverse the situation. She was willing to go cap in hand and put in a good word for the Jews before the king. Unfortunately, she couldn’t hit the king’s palace in a heartbeat because it wasn’t her turn to see the king and any appearance before the king without her invite spells disaster. However, because she was an exceptional leader, who was willing to PUT HER LIFE ON THE LINE. She put up a brave front and hit the king’s palace to achieve a win-situation. Esther was willing to perish if it meant to perish, because she had burnt the bridge behind her. Fortunately, in the end, it happened that the death sentence against the Jew was annulled while the tables was turned on Haman.
Also, among other laundry list of leaders who made tough calls in their lifetime was Joseph. When he was in his teens, he suffered unfair treatment by his brothers who envied because of his dreams. In a bid to short live his dream, they attempted to kill him but eventually sold him to foreigners. But when his dreams came true and found himself in a position to play the revenge card, he HUNG UP ON TAKING REVENGE. When he relived his unpleasant experience in the hands of his brothers, he went into his inner chamber, at intervals to weep. Though being a leader and having an upper hand over them, he wrestled with forgiving his brothers. Ultimately, he allowed the good grace of God upon him to take the best of him while allowing his bitterness towards them to slide. Are you caught up in a state when you need to make a tough call that would give credit to God's glory and increase the weight of your leadership? Ask the Lord to help you do the right thing and live up to His expectation for your live.