Alfred Einstein said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
Far too often, leadership deals with the bottom-line mentality. What we measure is important, but the value of influence, cultivating character development, or meditative prayer cannot be measured. Yet, they are life changing.
We may have multiplied thousands of dollars invested, but what is it really worth? We may have many people sitting in the pews, but are they spiritually mature? We may spend hours reading the Bible, but do we apply it properly?
Our leadership may not always be measured, but it should count for something.
When we look at biblical leaders, several come to mind. What about Noah stands out that classifies him as a leader?
Character: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.”
Ability to follow: Genesis emphasizes that Noah did all the Lord commanded. Noah followed God.
Fortitude: Noah was a preacher of righteousness. His tenure was 120 years during the building of the ark. Leaders must stand on what is right, even if they must stand alone.
More could be said, but these three areas show Noah to be an example of a great Biblical leader.
Styles of leadership are numerous, one of which is transformational leadership. The idea is leadership that transforms the people around them, shaping the direction of the future.
Transformational leadership characterizes leaders who have integrity and exemplify consistency in their example. They encourage, support, and help followers look beyond their own self-interests and focus on the good of the team.
Of all leadership styles, this one connects to the heart of spiritual leadership.
Are we transforming others to live closer to God?
Are we striving to transform the lives of others by the character we demonstrate?
Are we doing the right thing?
Do our decisions reflect our beliefs?
Will we stand up for what we believe?
Does our leadership demonstrate the courage of our convictions?
Queen Latifah once said, “It’s not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.”
Courage is the choice we make to act upon our convictions at times when doing so moves us into a minority.
Will we answer the questions and take action?
“Lead is a verb, leader is a noun, and leadership is both.” Not sure who to credit with this thought, but it speaks volumes.
Leadership involves both the person and action.
Leadership speaks to both who we are and what we do.
Leadership requires an effort to develop both the individual and method.
Leadership drives home the necessity of personality and character.
We must keep in mind the development process of making great spiritual leaders. The constant dedication to the act of molding one’s ability to lead helps us become the leadership of God.
Numerous factors determine the making of a leader. Vince Lombardi said, “Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born, leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.”
It all comes down to two four lettered words…hard work!
When leaders work hard, their character demonstrates leadership.
When leaders work hard, success is the reward.
When leaders work hard, others will follow their example.
The making of a leader involves a number of areas, but the bottom line is hard work!
Leadership is universal in application, and is not limited to race, gender, age, or position. Anyone can lead from anywhere.
The mindset of a global leader demonstrates a compassion for souls that drives their actions beyond a location.
They give their lives to prepare others to lead.
They dedicate themselves to the work of evangelism.
They love all people and want them to be saved.
They work to serve, not to be served.
The example provided by these leaders demonstrates the character needed for those who learn under them. They lead from anywhere and everywhere around the globe.
When we think of giant slayers, the account of David and Goliath comes to mind. As a leader, David surrounded himself with others of like character.
Of David’s thirty-seven mighty men, at least four were giant slayers.
As leaders, there will be giants that cross our paths. They oppose our efforts to accomplish God’s will, and they take many forms.
We must be able to overcome them and surround ourselves with others of like character.
Great leaders see the qualities in others to achieve success, even if taking out giants is necessary.
We often develop relationships because we believe there is a payoff down the road. Samuel Johnson wrote, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
Our leadership gains momentum if we learn to avoid favoritism, develop consistency, fairness, and the highest level of integrity.
Why is this important? Because God shows no partiality. He does not look at the color of our skin, nationality in our passport, age, gender, or the amount of physical prosperity. He simply examines the heart of each person. Do we?
Integrity is more than honesty. It involves strong moral principles, a moral uprightness.
There is an incorruptible nature to a spiritual leader who demonstrates integrity. They take responsibility for who they are and what they do.
Integrity displays an undivided and unshakeable character of Biblical soundness. This character exudes humility and follows a path of consistency.
Integrity is best taught to children at a young age. Leadership must exemplify it.
Integrity stands for, speaks, and lives truth and will not change, even if it stands alone.
Christians are what we are “in the dark.” Think about it!