Leadership Worth Following
March 3, 2019
Written by Ricardo A. Newbold
What are the qualities of good leadership? How do you become a spiritual leader at home? What makes an effective leader? These are all good questions, right? Understand that a leader simply means someone who directs, and oversees the affairs of his members or people. Leadership is merely influence; hence, John C. Maxwell coined the phrase “Law of the Lid.”
Law of the Lid
Definition: leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. Your leadership ability—for better or for worse—always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.
What Are Biblical Examples of Leadership?
There are many examples of biblical characters who became leaders. Ancient history also records that many of them came from humble beginnings. They were not highly regarded or recognized in their own country. Yet, Jeremiah 1:5 proclaims – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
So, it doesn’t really matter who you are; you are destined to rule. However, there are good and bad leaders. There are successful leaders and some leaders who failed. We will dig a little deeper into these types of leadership. The goal, simply, is to learn how to become a leader worth following.
Leadership Lessons from Joseph
Joseph had been shown in a dream that he would become a leader. Such a dream – one would expect that the road ahead should be smooth but it wasn’t. Joseph was hated by his brothers and was later sold into slavery. Nonetheless, he eventually emerged as a leader and we observe several traits along his journey:
1. Diligence. Joseph was diligent in all that he did since being sold into slavery. This made him successful in the house of Potiphar. Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” This is why Potiphar made Joseph a leader even in slavery.
2. Fear of the Lord. Joseph considered his creator with the highest regard. When the wife of Potiphar came to tempt him, he declined not minding the consequences. Rather, Joseph chose to fear the Lord. Genesis 39:9 “There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
3. Perseverance. Joseph was thrown into prison despite being innocent. He did not go against God but chose to remain faithful. Yet, even in the prison, he was made the leader and God was with him. Joseph surely could have complained to God. He could have engineered a scheme for his freedom but he persevered.
4. Forgiveness. Joseph’s brothers had sold him into slavery, an act we possibly could deem as unforgiving. Yet, he still forgave his brothers.
Leadership Lessons from Moses
Moses was born during a time when the Pharaoh of Egypt had ordered every male Hebrew to be drowned. Moses is traditionally credited with leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt and across the Red Sea to the “promised land” of Canaan.
God declared that the Israelites were his own people and that they must listen to God and obey His laws. Hence, Moses is best known as the lawgiver who met God face-to-face on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments after leading his people out of Egypt.
The Ten Commandments were given to Moses on two stone tablets. They set out the basic principles that would govern the Israelites lives.
When it was time that God’s children would be freed from slavery, God ordered Moses to visit the Pharaoh and command that His people be released. However, Moses had great difficulty speaking and lacked boldness in the presence of the Pharaoh, who was a strong man.
However, Moses simply obeyed God and through him, the people were led out of slavery. Obedience is key. Consequently, God used Moses to perform great wonders. Therefore, we can learn from the life of Moses that a leader must be bold, attentive and obedient,
Leadership Lessons from King David
David was just a lowly shepherd boy who spent much time in the fields attending to flock. Little did he realize that he was about to become a great leader. We observe from the onset of his story that he was always diligent in his assigned tasks. When the beast of the field came to snatch a sheep from the herd, David went after it and killed it.
David already possessed leadership characteristics even while he was a shepherd. We note the following leadership traits from David.
1. Courageous in the Face of Challenges. David believed in God, therefore, he was fearless. He faced the beast and when Goliath came to terrorize his people, he too went after him. Goliath was a giant that no one in the country would face. Yet, this small boy went after him as he did with the beasts. David was fearless because he believed that God would also win this battle for him. 1 Samuel 17.
2. Cherished His Relationship With God. One thing you’ll notice about David is that his relationship with God is central to his life. He loves God with all of his heart and this relationship with God is his priority above all other things.
David always trusted God and was passionate about prayer. He was a man that sang praises to God at every moment. This, he took seriously! For this reason, God called him a man after His heart.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – David (Psalm 27:1)
Leadership Lessons from Jesus Christ
The greatest leader to ever live is Jesus Christ. There are so many acts of sacrifice that Jesus performed to make our lives better. He possessed every leadership quality and surely is the leader worth following! Not only did he possess a servant’s heart, Jesus gives leaders the ultimate pattern to follow.
He was willing to do the work, He was willing to bring others along, and when they couldn’t quite come through He was willing to do what they could not.
1) Jesus knew the value of a team.
Jesus understood that He couldn’t do anything without a team of people around Him. Therefore, He recruited twelve disciples who partnered with Him spreading the Good News.
As leaders, we must realize the value of having a team of people around us to accomplish our mission.
- 2) Jesus empowered people.
Jesus understood that as leaders we cannot do it all, and therefore, He empowered people around Him to go out and fulfill His mission. Deeply rooted in the lesson above, it’s stated that ‘Together, Everyone Achieves More.’
‘Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.’ Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
How Do I Become A Better Leader?
If you have a family, whether you recognize it or not, you are a leader. And if you’ve read this far, then you are interested in learning how to become a better leader. Start by understanding your leadership style.
Be the leader of your family by establishing family values, being passionate, creating the culture of your home, being present, controlling your schedule, planning with purpose, listening and communicating effectively, displaying a positive attitude, serving as a role model and living by example.
Consider some of the above tips for how to become a better leader and think about ways that you can implement these strategies in your daily life.
Being an effective leader doesn’t mean making the fewest mistakes. Rather, it means being open about them and being quick to ask forgiveness and get back on the right path.