How to be a good leader? Good leadership is vital to every business or organizational success. Without the right person to lead in an organization, common goals can hardly be achieved. Leadership, which is the ability to motivate and direct, is also the heart of management. Without an effective leadership, there will be no effective management. Furthermore, leadership or direction is not only a discipline that must be possessed by managers or the ones who are in the higher positions. It should be learned and be practiced by all the persons and individuals to lead themselves to personal development. A great leader must also create leaders within his followers.
Leadership requires great wisdom, principles and understanding. Thus, when it becomes to learning about it, I have confidence in getting leadership lessons from the Holy Scriptures. Let’s reflect on the features and qualities of a good leader. The following are the golden teachings of great leadership I got from the Bible.
1. Great leaders are the ones who serve great
“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” – Luke 22:26
2. Leaders lead in righteousness and not in wrongdoings
“Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.” – Proverbs 16:12
3. They make their commandments inspiring and motivating
“Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.” – Psalm 119:35
4. Leaders have compassion
“They will neither hunger nor thirst,
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
and lead them beside springs of water.” – Isaiah 49:10
5. They don’t lead to temptation. They save them from evil.
“And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13
6. Good leaders are knowledgeable; they reject ignorance.
“Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” – Matthew 15:14
7. Leaders should be godly and peaceful
“for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -1 Timothy 2:2
8. Leaders should avoid talking nonsense and ungodly things.
“Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” -2 Timothy 2:16
9. They gently correct their people
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
10. Leaders should govern diligently.
“if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:8
11. Leaders listen and consider the advices of his people
“For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but many advisers make victory sure.” – Proverbs 11:14
12. Leaders should establish organization in love, justice and righteousness.
“In love a throne will be established;
in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
one from the house of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
and speeds the cause of righteousness.” – Isaiah 16:5
13. They serve with cheerfulness and not with self-interest.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;” -1 Peter 5:2
14. They are not bossy; they serve themselves as good examples
“not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” -1 Peter 5:3
15. They have capability and integrity
“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.” – Psalm 78:72
16. Good leaders reward their people in due time
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? – Matthew 24:45
17. Great leaders are prudent and don’t put their people on a trap. They don’t overload their people.
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?” – Luke 14:31
18. Leaders should be reputable, respectable, temperate, has self-control, good teacher, gentle and not greedy.
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” -1 Timothy 3:1-3
This article is adopted from my original article published in AmazingWisdom.com titled “How to become a good leader according to the Bible.” I hope you have entrusted yourself to God and have received enlightenment to becoming a great leader. Have a prosperous and blissful business!