Leadership by the Book

by Rick Love

I have been reviewing my books on leadership recently because I want to develop a “Current Top Ten List” for leaders. As I browsed through the books and prioritized those books that have influenced me most, I made an important discovery: The Bible really is my favorite leadership book. This is no pious platitude. I am not trying to sound spiritual. The Bible really does impact my leadership more than any of the hundred or so books I have read on leadership.

I have experienced some fresh breakthroughs in my study of the Bible from a leadership perspective that I want to share with you.

First, the Bible directs me through specific teaching. I frequently read and prayerfully reflect on these themes:

As a leader, I need to be a servant who leads and a leader who serves (Mark 10:42-45).

As a leader, I need to work hard and be diligent (Rom 12:8; 1 Thess 5:12).

As a leader, I need to reflect godly character (1 Tim 3; Titus 1).

As a leader, I need to be a shepherd who watches over the souls of those entrusted to my care (1 Peter 5; Hebrews 13:17).

As a leader, I need to be receptive to reproof, careful in communication, and God-dependent in planning (Proverbs).

As a leader, I need to model passionate devotion to God (2 Chronicles).

Second, Hebrews 13:7 gives leaders a specific leadership mandate: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” One practical way to apply this verse is to do biographical studies of the leaders of Scripture. Jesus, Paul and Barnabas in the New Testament. Nehemiah, Joshua and David in the Old Testament are some of my favorites…there are so many more to study!

Need inspiration? Direction? Or do you need a mentor? Try leadership by the Book! If you need some practical help in studying the Bible from a leadership perspective, you may want to look at Bobby Clinton’s stuff (www.bobbyclinton.com).