Everybody is leading someone. As soon as we are born, someone is born after as and following our example. We may be leaders in an office. We may be leaders in the field. We may be leaders at home. We may be leaders in the community. We should embrace our position of leadership and position ourselves to grow into leaders worth following. This collection will help us become better leaders.
“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” -Luke 5:16
There’s never been a better leader than Jesus. One of the things we see in his leadership is that he regularly took some time for himself. He got away from the noise and the people to be alone, to focus and to pray. If Jesus needed time like this, so do we.
“let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” -Luke 22:26
There are many different styles of leadership. Some lead with an authoritarian strong hand that is all about the boss. Some lead with a democratic team focus everyone gets a say. Some are hands off. Some are hands on. Some are more of a coach. Others more of a drill sergeant. It’s interesting to see from the Bible what Jesus says here about leadership.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” -2 Timothy 2:2
Jesus was a great leader. Servant leadership is a popular training topic today, and that model of leadership originated with Him. Paul’s leadership is a product of what was started by Jesus, and it is important for us to learn from that example as well.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. -1 Timothy 4:9
1 Timothy 4 is a great chapter on growing as a leader. Paul, an older more experienced man of faith, takes the time to share insights and teach what he knows to an up and coming leader named Timothy.
Genesis 2:15 – “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
A strong work ethic is a necessary discipline to be a leader anyone would want to follow. Hard work earns the respect of other hard workers, but it goes deeper than that. We were made to work. Way back in Genesis 2, God instructed Adam and Eve to work. Work is good and God honoring. It was something God included in His good creation.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 2:3-5, ESV)
Scratching and clawing your way up in a take no prisoners and look out for number one fashion is one way of climbing the ladder, but it’s not the best way. Leading in HUMILITY is actually a better way to lead.
Patrick Lencioni says that “A humble person is someone who is more interested in the good of the team – it means giving/sharing credit rather than receiving/taking credit.”