Leadership has an aura of mystery surrounding it.
Often, when people find themselves in a leadership position, they feel inadequate for the task – partly because they are not clear on what is required of them.
Leadership is not complex; it is taking people from where they are, to where they need to be.
Lead people away from:
Selfish ambition; bitter envy (the original sin – Isaiah 14:12-15).
Lead people toward being:
Pure. (Single minded; you cannot serve God and money; friendship with the world is enmity with God).
Peace loving. (Reconcile people with God; reconcile people with people).
Submissive. (To God).
Full of mercy. (Forgive).
Full of good fruit. (Bearing fruit in keeping with repentance).
Impartial. (Treat others without any motive of selfish gain).
Sincere. (No guile).
How should a leader behave?
How should a leader encourage others to behave?
James 3:13-18 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving; considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
What does a leader look like?
Isaiah 53:2b “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” This verse, talking about the Messiah who was yet to come, describes Jesus as unlike the typical leaders the world chooses or is drawn to. He was not particularly good looking, he did not stand out of a crowd, he was not particularly charismatic. But he was pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.