Leadership is a tricky word. Volumes are written on answering the questions of leadership.
- What is a leader?
- What makes a leader?
- How does one effectively lead?
- What determines the success of a leader?
You would think with all the volumes, and I mean VOLUMES, that have been written about leadership that we would have it all figured out by now!
That that said, I have thought about writing on leadership for over a year.
So today I begin by adding a new expanded category of blog posts dedicated to leadership, more specifically, leaders who are in the pursuit of the living God.
I’m choosing to reach down into the archives of my life and write from my own personal experience about the victories and hard lessons of leadership.
More importantly, I want to share with you how God makes and shapes the leader from a biblical context.
The greatest leader who ever lived is Jesus and the greatest leadership coach is the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, there is no greater leadership book than the Bible.
THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP
Truth is, it takes years to make a leader. I believe it took God forty years to groom Moses to lead the people out of Egypt and almost that long to groom Joseph to govern that same nation years later. This does not take into account the many leadership lessons these guys learned while leading. There are many!
Here’s the thing. Lists alone don’t make leaders. Books alone won’t make leaders. These are all helpful and they are great tools but they cannot be central to the leader who is pursuing God.
What I believe is central in the making of a leader is the continual work of the Person of Holy Spirit in the leader’s life who humbly receives revelatory counsel from God’s Word and is willing to stick their neck out in obedience to God’s leadership call.
Leadership is all about following. Leadership is all about communion. Leadership is about dependence. Leadership is all about obedience. It’s a high call that requires all!
A BIBLICAL FOUNDATION AND WORLDVIEW
I want to write from a biblical perspective and worldview. What troubles me is the amount of Christian leadership content that contain very few, if any, references to the Bible.
If we are truly going to help people become better leaders, we have to build a leadership foundation and culture that is clearly anchored in the Word.
Why is this?
People need to be able to find these leadership principles in scripture, study them for themselves and gain greater revelation and practical application.
They need a leadership “stake in the ground”, a reference point, that is God-centered and will not change regardless of what new leadership models might roll in.
Right now, there are so many leadership plates spinning in so many leadership circles. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to put the Bible on the table and start from there! I really don’t think leadership is as hard as we’ve made it!
So I want to go after building “Inspired Leaders” by breathing God’s Word and life into the leadership fabric of their lives.
I ask for your comments as I make the journey of unpacking what I know about leadership. I’ll need your input. I’ll need your feedback. I’ll need your idea’s. I will need your revelation.
I’m not a self-made leader, no one is. We learn from the Lord, His Word and one another. So I invite you in!
I don’t know where all this is going but I do know that I need to begin.
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