Five Basic Principles for Leadership with a Biblical Call to Action

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Five Basic Principles for Leadership with a Biblical Call to Action

April 17, 2013

Leaders lead. It sounds so simple; and yet, we make it seem so complex. I do think it is beneficial to occasionally go back and review the basics. Being an enthusiastic college basketball fan, I marvel at how often “great teams” actually execute the basics the best. So for aspiring and seasoned leaders, reviewing and practicing the basics will help us become strong performers.

The following are five basics worth remembering and practicing:

  1. Leaders influence
    • Leaders think about the big picture and help others to see the future.
    • Leaders create vision and direction.
    • Leaders motivate others to unite around future vision and direction.
    • Leaders challenge and expect aspiring leaders to grow to a greater level of influence.
  2. Leaders mentor
    In The Mentor Leader, Tony Dungy emphasizes the need for leaders to make developing future leaders a priority.
    • Leaders develop the strengths of others.
    • Leaders help others achieve success.
    • Leaders spend time building mentoring relationships to counsel, coach, and challenge.
  3. Leaders speak with conviction
    Al Mohler in The Conviction to Lead says that Christian leaders possess a passion to lead which springs from deep and heartfelt inner convictions based on truth and Biblical principles.
    • Leaders lead based on principals and convictions.
    • Leaders lead with passion and enthusiasm.
    • Leaders are hopeful and have strong faith in the future.
    • Leaders know the importance of organizational history and telling stories to marry the past, present and future.
  4. Leaders lead from their strength zone.
    • Leaders assess their strength zone and operate within it.
    • Leaders become who God has wired them to be.
    • Leaders focus on developing their own strengths.
    • Leaders spend time taking their strengths, talents and giftedness to new levels.
  5. Leaders read – Steven Sample, former President of USC
    Steven Sample in The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership talks about how important it is for leaders to take time to read a variety of books and articles from current to classics.
    • Read the word faithfully.
    • Read articles and books on leadership.
    • Read current events.
    • Read biographies and classics.
    • Read for fun.

Five Biblical Principles for Leaders

The following biblical principles can provide God’s power for you to lead day in and day out. Try starting each day reading these verses and praying for wisdom to not only do the right thing, but to have courage when facing tough decision. Operating from His power in faith will provide a great sense of strength and peace for facing all circumstances.

  • Pray for wisdom – James 1:5 – “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
  • Exalt Christ – Isaiah 25:1 – “O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks for Your name; For You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”   Hebrews 12:2 – “Keep eyes; focus on Christ.”
  • Have courage to do the right thing and make hard decisions.
    Psalm 27: 3, 14
    Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war rise against me, in spite of this, I shall be confident.”
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”
  • Be devoted to prayer.  Colossian 4:2 - “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
  • Remember, it is a privilege to serve Christ.

During recent times of challenge, I had a trusted friend that kept reminding me that it is a privilege to serve Christ even when you may be misinterpreted or misunderstood. If you have the opportunity to serve Christ and risk all, it is still worth it to risk all for Christ.