STOP AND THINK – Before you can know what authority is, you must first learn what submission is. (J. Robert Clinton, professor and author)

To be an effective leader, your followers must understand and accept your authority, whether it’s from your position or gained through experience. A truly successful leader, whose authority is clearly recognized, will almost certainly have first learned how to submit to authority in his own experience. That kind of leader will be easy to follow.

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions . . . and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)