Ten Enduring Lessons About Authentic Christian Leadership

Ten Enduring Lessons About Authentic Christian Leadership


1. The Leader's Life

The effective Biblical Christian leader is an authentic and consistent follower of Christ, having an obvious relationship with (and dependence on) God

2. The Leader's Integrity

Christian leaders worth following demonstrate high standards of personal integrity

3. The Leader's Call

The genuine Christian leader sees ministry as a call, to "service", a developed life, not a vocation/position/job/personal possession

4. The Leader's Focus

Focus is essential if the leader is to know which way to go

5. The Leader & "Excellence"

Having done well, the genuine Christian leader seeks to excel

6. The Leader as a Team Player

Effective Christian leadership functions through team relationship

7. The Leader & Other People

Good leaders genuinely like people (they don't "use" them)

8. The Leader's Followers

Leaders have followers - by definition - and must look after them

9. The Leader's Testing

Good leaders are made by trials and tests that cleanse and shape them

10. The Leader's Situation Sensing

Christian leaders of influence know what is "going on"

Conflicting Views of Leadership

"The rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave." (Matthew 20:25-27)

"Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me." (John 12:26)

"Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart." (Matthew 11:29)

"Those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word."

"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are,"

"A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise." Nicolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527

"It's hard to be humble, when you are so great." Author unknown


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