God chooses to place every one of us in a leading position, if not in our professions or churches, then surely in our homes as parents. There are some excellent resources available from people who know more about the issue than many do.
But there’s one asset that has a lot to say about effective leadership, and it’s availability. Proverbs 16 teaches on leadership.
Christian leadership is the act of guiding and serving others so that they may fulfill the purposes of God for and through them.
Christian leadership is not embedded in earthly conceptions of achievement, such as the desire for money or power. Jesus Himself spoke against this when He was teaching on the importance of helping others.
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”.– Matthew 20:25-28, KJV
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1 John 4:8) “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). It is impossible to overemphasize the power and influence of the love of God. Paul famously wrote in 1 Corinthians 13 about the transformational nature of love and how it is better than spiritual gifts such as faith and hope. Jesus told his disciples that “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35).
Love is fundamental to Christianity and every Christian. Any Christian leader should be guided in his or her life by the love of God in whatever he or she does. In this way, Sinners will be called to Christ.
“We have all come across the know-it-all tyrant, the ‘submit-or-other’ tyrant sort. Yet Proverbs 16:5 states that the pride of the heart is an abomination to God. Being selfish does not serve to model or illustrate the desires of Christ. Rather, it is in direct conflict with the teachings of Christians.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” Proverbs 16:18-19.
Jesus also defined self-development by “always slipping away to spend time with God.”
One of the quite prominent features of this is when Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane right before His capture. Jesus knew “the things that would come upon Him” (John 18:4), including suffering and crucifixion. This induced great anguish and grief, as is clear from Luke’s account. Luke, who was a physician, was the first writer in the Gospel to identify Jesus’ sweat as blood—referring to an uncommon condition called hematidrosis.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he. – from Luke 22:41-44
Christian leaders should follow Jesus’ model of seeking God for insight into His will and power. Becoming more holy is a gradual process for all Christians, and Christian leaders are expected to set out time to develop spiritually.
Strong leaders inspire others instead of undermining or manipulating their followers. In Nehemiah 2:17, ” Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.” When we move people for our selfish gain, we do not control and exploit them. But when we call people for a greater cause, we inspire them.
All Christians must correct others in the right way. Several passages in the Scriptures speak of this theory, as the following examples illustrate:
” And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
“And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men”(1 Thessalonians 5:13-14).
“So stop foolish and ignorant conflicts, recognizing that they give rise to conflict. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will “(2 Timothy 2:23-26).
How will Christian leaders guide people in the right way?
Molding their temperaments to suit the will of God
Leading by example of they teach
Identifying how best their followers can utilize their talents
Supporting their own dreams
Questioning and observing any shortcomings
Strong leadership hones their skills and values honesty.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. – Proverbs 16:13
Individuals are not supporting leaders that lack credibility. “Integrity requires both actions and sincerity. Integrity means doing what we teach, being honest and trustworthy, doing what we claim we will do and behaving in such a manner that will help others believe us.
Follower of the Will of God
“Is there something more critical in a leader than he or she is following the path of God? “A strong leader follows the Lord, pledges his way to the Lord, and the Lord points out the next steps.
The desires of the heart of man, can only be fulfilled by God. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps – Proverbs 16:1, 3, 9.
Recognizes importance in other people, but constantly invests in them
Successful leaders see a significant part of their position in cultivating other leaders. Leadership growth occurs in an organization as good leaders continue to share their perspectives, (both strength and weakness) with others.
Has an over-average character
Nobody is perfect. For a leader to be considered successful, they must have a quality that is unquestioned within the organization. Others often judge leadership because a leader will not be able to convince everyone to believe in him or her, but people who know the leader better may trust the leader’s integrity.
Truthful to his wife (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). The concentration is not so much on whether the leader is married or single. But on how his / her relationship with the opposite sex is beyond reproach. Christian leadership is highly demanding.
Use your power for the benefit of everyone
Good leaders should make positive impact in people’s lives and they must be willing to sacrifice it all for the sake of others. This does not mean that balance sheets and income statements are not relevant. In reality, they are vital to the survival of an organization especially the church. Still, a successful leader should separate a desire to support people from a desire for financial gain.
Is skillful and knowledgeable
Effective leaders will count on their integrity and follow-up. You’re not wondering if a successful leader is going to be able to accomplish a mission. When they don’t know how to do anything, they’re trying to ask someone who knows, so they’re trying to make sure a job is done the best way it can be done.
Not fearful for others to excel (even better than their own success)
Successful leaders know that certain supporters can outgrow the leader’s ability to further improve them. Strong leaders, however, are not challenged by the success of their followers. They’re happy if the people around them excel.
Serves others and actually wanting nothing in exchange
Good leaders are at the heart of service. They genuinely love and cherish people, and they want to assist and guide others for the good of one who is helped, not inherently for personal benefit.
Aims to learn
Great leaders are always trying to learn and enacting these learnings to improve the organization. This could be via reading, conferences, web-based learning, or other leaders or even their subordinates.
Able to teach (I Timothy 3:2). There is a strong link between Leading and teaching (1 Timothy 5:17 & 1 Thessalonians 5:12 ). Christian leaders should invest energy and time in learning to teach; learning is much of a self will.
Remains accessible, and answerable to others
Good leaders are not isolated from people regardless of the number of responsibility or power they have. Good leaders voluntarily seek the input of others into their professional and private relationships.
Reproach (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6). Somebody whose outstanding life draws people to Jesus. Just the kind of person chosen by the early church (Acts 6:3); people of stellar reputation and therefore dependable.
Layout (1 Timothy 3:2).
This is not a matter of restraint or lack of self-indulgence, but rather a matter of having a good outlook. Walking in the Light of Heaven, rather than in the darkness of man, provides a radically new viewpoint on matters of critical significance to the world, e.g., Christian leader should be directed and motivated by certain things to which God gives high priority.
Dream of an enterprise beyond today – Strong leaders is always looking beyond today. “What’s next, then? “It’s a common question that good leaders raise, recognizing that everyone must constantly promote improvement, development, and creative thinking for an enterprise to stay successful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Voice is power: Voice is to inspire, to convince, to compel.” We Christians know this to be true, particularly because we are granted the privilege of preaching the Word of God. The voice of a good leader is expected to convince, to convert and to compel.
Good contact is the secret to such control. It is not easy to go from a bad communicator to a fantastic communicator. Improving the relationship isn’t a straightforward series of tips and tricks.
A strong leader is slow to get upset.
We’ve always seen the angry manager’s cartoons in film and television; the guy who cries out for no cause, barks commands and berates and demoralizes the workers. You may also have worked for such a guy. The Bible says, “Whoever is slow to rage is stronger than the powerful, and he who rules his soul than he who takes the world.” When you read about these attributes of a strong leader, ideally, you will find them when daunting as I do. God is teaching us how to be a good and godly leaders. It’s up to us to set aside our irrational nature and follow these values. It’s now up to us to pray for those with whom we serve that they, too, will be the good leader God wishes them to be.
It does not matter your personal growth as a Christian, there is still space for change. These characteristics will benefit you if you imbibe them.