The Biblical Foundation of Leadership
Whatever situation you are in today, you are a leader because you have influence over someone, somewhere. That might be as a father, mother, friend, boss or pastor—but whatever your situation, you are a leader. Thankfully, the Bible is full of advice and lessons we can use to improve our ability to lead. From the wisdom of Solomon and other writers in Proverbs to the lives of leaders such as David, Moses and Abraham, the examples are many. Of course the greatest of these lessons comes from the life of Jesus, who led his team of 12, a mixture of imperfect outcasts and nobodies, to start a faith that—2,000 years later—has more than two billion followers.
Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Jesus Today
- Jesus was a servant leader – Jesus was willing to humble himself and serve others around him, focusing on helping them grow and fulfill their potential. How are you serving and investing in others in your serving team or business? Read Mark 10: 42-45.
- Jesus invested in unlikely people – Not only did Jesus spend his life—and death—investing in people, but he spent much of his time with those whom others would have readily dismissed. Who around you can you lift up and help? In John 4, Jesus spent time talking to a Samaritan woman and, as a result, many in her village became followers. However, culturally, he should have avoided her because she was a woman alone, unmarried and a Samaritan. Jesus invested in people others would have avoided.
- Even Jesus had time for self-development – As leaders, we sometimes feel guilty for taking time away for ourselves, but it is essential. In the Bible, we frequently see Jesus take time away from the disciples to be with God. We need this too—both time to work on our leadership skills and time with God to ensure we have a close relationship with Him.
There are many more lessons we can learn from the life of Jesus. Why not spend some time this week studying the life of Jesus and focusing on how he went about leading his followers?