How Are You Leading?--Philosophy in Leadership
God has placed his leaders everywhere. There are leaders in government. There are leaders in business. There are leaders in the family, and there are leaders in the church. There are leaders in education. There are leaders in the sports and entertainment worlds.
In the world, leadership qualities aim to achieve worldly success, but as we study Biblical leadership, we will be looking at Biblical success. Joshua leads us in the right direction. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success “ (Joshua 1:8).
True Biblical leadership begins with the Bible. Everything we can know about God is found in one book. Nowhere else has God revealed His mind. Any other revelations are not of Him. Therefore it is imperative that we study His Word. The Bible covers thoroughly how to lead not only in spiritual things but also in government, business, family, education, and so many other areas.
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” (Proverbs 1:5). Leaders must have wisdom. Leaders must continually be increasing in learning and understanding. True wisdom can only be gained from the Scriptures. Pure words are needed to gain wisdom—the main ingredient of leaders, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). Proverbs 15: 26 says, “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.”
Notice this progression: 1. Leaders must have wisdom; 2. True wisdom comes from pure words; 3. God’s Word is pure; 4. As we meditate on God’s pure Word, our words become pure; 5. They become pleasant to hear; 6. The response is followship which requires leadership.
Every leader has a philosophy of life to which he attempts to lead others. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines philosophy as literally, the love of wisdom. But in modern acceptation, philosophy is a general term denoting an explanation of the reasons of things; or an investigation of the causes of all phenomena both of mind and of matter.
When applied to any particular department of knowledge, it denotes the collection of general laws or principles under which all the subordinate phenomena or facts relating to that subject, are comprehended. Thus, that branch of philosophy which treats of God is called theology; that which treats of nature, is called physics or natural philosophy; that which treats of man is called logic and ethics, or moral philosophy; that which treats of the mind is called intellectual or mental philosophy, or metaphysics. You must have a philosophy of leading and as a Christian leader, that philosophy must be Bible based. Consider the followingas a basis for your leadership philosophy:
1. I am saved forever. Curtis Hudson said, “Absolute dependency on what God has DONE equals salvation. Absolute dependence on what God has SAID equals assurance.” Most religions spell salvation do. God spells it done. When a person is saved, they are saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), the power of sin (Romans 6:18, 22), and ultimately the presence of sin (Romans 8:30).
2. Because I am saved forever I am owned by God. When we become saved, we give ourselves to new ownership. God owns me because He created us (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). He owns us because He saved us (I Corinthians 6:20).
3. Because I am owned by God, I am accountable to God for myself. The Civil War leader, Robert E. Lee said, “You can never do more than your duty and you should never wish to do less!” In other words, do your absolute best. As you serve God this way, others will naturally follow. This is leadership.
4. Because I am accountable to God, I will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. I Corinthians 3:13 should help us all to live soberly. It should also make us accountable in our leadership roles. Each of us will answer as to how we have led others before the very throne of Christ.
So may I ask, How are you leading? Have you formed a Biblically based philosophy for leadership in the church and without? Without one it may questioned, how are you leading?