Leaders like to talk about the “box.”
How often do we hear about leaders who are “out of the box thinkers?”
Leaders encourage their followers to get out of the box.
Leaders value getting outside of the “box.”
Then again, we are advised that it is also important to think “inside the box.”
Don’t forget that we may have to use “Big Box Thinking”
But, then there are those truly visionary leaders who encourage us to “think beyond the box.”
One look at Amazon will tell you how important it is for leaders to think about “the box.”
And even the Bible talks about a “box”…the Ark of the Covenant.
The Bible tells us how to build a box. (Exodus 25:10-27)
The Bible also gives direction on what should be put in the box. (Deut. 10:2, 5; Exod. 16:33–34; Num. 17:1–11)
The Bible also tells us how we should carry and move the box. (Exodus 25:-15, Num 4:6, 2 Sa 6:12–15; 1 Ch 15:25–28)
There is a servant leadership lesson in this.
Too often leaders concern themselves with thinking outside, or inside, or beyond the box.
But as someone who serves leaders and leads others, what I have observed is how desperate followers are for a servant leader who will come along side them with the box.
They are desperate for a servant leader who will help build the box, help pack the box, help them lift the box, and help them carry the box.
Servant leaders help build the box.
Servant leaders help pack the box.
Servant leaders help lift the box.
Servant leaders help move the box.
And just as Bezalel (Exodus 31:1-5) was called and equipped by the Lord to complete the task, so too are we called and equipped as servant leaders for this task.
Before a servant leader asks others to think outside of the box, inside the box, big box, or even beyond the box…before a servant leader asks that from others… he or she will help them build the box, pack the box, and be there to help them lift the box and move the box.
Yes, we need to encourage those we lead to think outside, inside, and beyond the box…lest we fail to innovate and grow.
But sometimes leaders just need to get their hands on the box…side by side with those they lead.
Servant leaders help with the box.