the root of leadership principles

December 20, 2013

Good Friday morning to you! It is almost Christmas!!

Helping people become more effective in leading in the church, in ministries, and in values-based businesses is my focus. So naturally, I often post on leadership topics and I often use secular sources as many of them are excellent. I also use them in the MBA classes I teach. One thing that I point out in my classes is that the enduring principles of leadership all have one thing in common – they are rooted in Scripture.

I was amused one time by one of the textbooks for the management course I was teaching. The authors were extolling this “new” and powerful way of leading they called servant leadership. That may be more of an ancient way of leading than anything new.

So, as you read “leadership” books or read blogs like mine, just remember the source of the most powerful and enduring leadership principles – God’s Word. If you want to be truly effective, then you need to spend time at the source – soak yourself in His Word.

“2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from  selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by  becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Bibles, Crossway (2009-04-09). ESV Study Bible (Kindle Locations 297155-297181). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not  domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

Bibles, Crossway (2009-04-09). ESV Study Bible (Kindle Locations 311661-311672). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.