Not only can leaders be loners....we must be.
This is a stunning revelation to me; one who felt compelled to always be with people. Once again, God had to remodel my approach. Loneliness just feels so....lonely. But....
....when you watch Jesus one can't help but note the amount of time he spent alone with the Father. In the wilderness, on the sea, at the garden; time after time Jesus was alone. Why? In that zone leadership is constructed, fueled, and launched.
Calvin Miller makes an astute observation referencing leaders often are recluses. Are they not slow social mixers? Yes, all too often leaders are loners. Lincoln, it is said, walked at midnight and in his loneliness grieved American division and plotted reunion. We can see in the life of Jesus that Gethsemane was more than the garden of his passion. It was a daily principle. Jesus Himself withdrew because only as He created loneliness did His life among people have any content.
Must it always be this way? I think so. A friend of mine once said that you cannot help people if you're always with people.
Once again God strikes the reality chord which sounds out of tune to the flesh ear. Glad-handers and pep- talkers aren't leaders unless each has first spent time...significant time....alone in Spirit listening to the Father. Shallowness plagues all of us who desire to lead if our emphasis is upon popularity of the people rather than a pension for His insight.
Can leaders be loners? From experience as well as study I am convinced we can't be an effective leader without it.