Leadership and Mustard Seeds

Leadership and Mustard Seeds

What’s the difference between leadership and a mustard seed? Well, it’s not the fact that they are two completely very physically different things. But both, no matter how small can flourish and create a harvest. It is said that we sow what we seed, and if we do nothing, weeds will spread and take over the crop.

As a leader we must put in every effort to plant seeds into others to watch them grow regardless of who or what they work for. We have the ability to build a world of developing leaders and watch them evolve into successful leaders. However, this can only happen if we plant the right seed and nurture it, water it, and treat it with dignity and respect.

                Once planting is complete, we must take time as the wiser leaders, through our experience gained to take the time to mentor the ones we are called to lead. A few questions to ask will help in identifying where we could or should start.

Who is in your direct line of leadership?

What are THEY currently doing to be effective?

What are you doing to be effective?

Today, in so many ways, we are allowing young leaders and people to go at this alone, without a light to shine guiding them, to help in their growth, and this in turn, gives them the propensity to become weeds. Spreading like a wild field that eventually is completely out of control. We as leaders have to take the ones who don’t know and teach them. This is not a new concept, most leaders did not make it on their own, or without someone to follow.

Like planting the small minute mustard seed, we can help in multiplying our young leaders into more great leaders while having them plant more leadership seeds into others and creating a chain of events continuing in the path of growth.

“It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Luke 13:19 NIV

How powerful would it be to know that what we as leaders can become like a tree and have others want to be upon us to see the rest of the forest or garden.

“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:32 NIV

In developing young people to become leaders we much teach them what is right or wrong, we must take them under our umbrella and mentor them to do what is right. I for one have been a young leader who did not know the difference, had a more than assertive approach and worried more about what others thought about me rather than get the jobs or tasking complete. We ask so much what is wrong with today’s children and young people, and the leaders they become. Well, did anyone ever ask what was wrong with the us as adults that just lets them run without direction? We are not birds who push their young out of the nest and expect them to fly. Though this would be nice to have everyone know from the day they are raised in how to be great leaders, there is more to what we do in our decision making process then an animal that is meant to fly. Our influences are different, our friends are different, and people are different. Have you ever watched a lion cub grow? It is taught how to hunt and is led by example. If this primitive way of thinking was brought back to our generation of children do you think that our young leaders would be setting themselves up for failure.

We only control two things it this life, our actions and emotions, and we are responsible for how we apply and react to others when they decide to test our actions and emotions. How different would things be if we cared enough to show the next generation leaders how to lead. Take our practices and teach how to apply them, give them the tools. Even though we are in the age of entrepreneurs that will be the next young boss of the next technological development age, it does not take away from the wisdom that we can provide to each and every one.

Though the lessons of the past may be old and outdated, we can still take these lessons and revitalize each one to make it relevant again. Though new approaches and even new points of view. We can mold them to fit today’s next generation of leaders and make them great which will eventually lead people to the next level.

Elton Trueblood stated in his book Abraham Lincoln: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership “If we do not believe in a great way of life will we be able to influence those around us? Who is your true leader what do you believe helped in guiding? Was it you yourself or something greater in a faith that you believe? Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Your people, have had, and are having, a very great trial. On principle, and faith, opposed to both war and oppression, they can only practically oppose oppression by war.” take this statement and apply it to today’s upcoming leaders.

It shows that every day in today’s workforce so many young leaders are faced with not knowing what moral principles to follow, without the understanding of how they clash due to different points of view, this is when we need to step in, and give them the guidance necessary. So for today, how do you lead people? who is leading you, and not just managing your path? Who do you look up to and towards for direction? Is it already paving a way for new developmental?

The definition of leadership and management is as follows: Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that they follow, ie: a leader is the spearhead for that new direction. Management controls or directs people/resources in a group according to principles or values that have been established.

Are you leading people today or just managing to get ahead? It is time to plant a seed and watch it grow.


Trueblood, E. (2012). Abraham Lincoln: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership.