Rebellion and Leadership Are Cousins

By Artie Davis


fishI have seen many great leaders have the same trait…Rebellion. I mean at one point for a period of time in their lives they were rebellious. I think rebellion is the seed from which many godly leaders are sprouted. Rebellion is having…

“…opposition to one in authority or dominance”

In other words a future leader has it in their hearts to ask the hard questions, they are willing to pay the price to walk outside the line, break the rules and willing to take the licks for doing so. When younger, they appear to be the “strong willed” little ones. They’re the “gang leader” for pulling off pranks and getting others in trouble.

Then, those who are touched by God, and anointed and gifted to lead… go through a transformation. The Spirit of God takes those “traits” of rebellion and makes them submissive to His words and will. He uses the seeds of rebellion and produces a leader!

This emerging leader that once questioned authority, now submits to the authority of God. And has incredible energy and ability to believe God for great things where others could not see that far outside the box. Their ability to lead others down a new road is enhanced and empowered.

So…Hail to all my fellow former rebels! And to those around you that give you such “trouble” because they are rebellious. Celebrate the fact that God is surrounding you with an army of future leaders!

Source: Leading Big In the Small.


Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.