Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. Proverbs 20:28
If you do a Google search on leadership, millions of pages of information are available. Information about leadership styles, stories of great leaders, tests to determine what kind of leader you are, leadership quotes, how to become a better leader, TED talks on YouTube, and on and on and on. A seemingly endless amount of knowledge about leadership.
I can find the information I need to support whatever kind of leader I want to be. I can be a purpose driven leader or a values driven leader, a vision driven leader and even an energy driven leader. I can be a “get it done now, whatever It takes” kind of leader. I can be the kind of leader that is separated from her followers or one that is in close relationship with them. There are books available that will recommend and even praise any leadership style I choose. I know because I have some of those books.
I definitely want to be the best leader I can be. Who doesn’t? But instead of trying to sort through and decipher all of the conflicting information about leadership, I am going to follow the One I trust wholeheartedly and who wants me to experience life abundantly.
Jesus’ answer to the question of how to be a great leader is found in Matthew 22:37-39. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Jesus meant this for our home life, our school life, our play life, and our work life. His words are meant to be followed in every part of our lives. The business world and the church world. Whether you work at a construction company or a church. Whether you’re a mom at home, a pastor, a waitress, a bricklayer, an artist, or an engineer. Single, married, young, or old.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People were summarized by Jesus two thousand years ago.
…..it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 (MSG)