Learn and Lead

How many leadership books do those of you in positions of authority read annually? Why don’t those in positions of leadership read literature on leadership? Biblically grounded leaders need both human and divine direction. If you take some time to read the book of Nehemiah, you will quickly discover that one individual, empowered by God, can make a difference. However, reading books written by Christian leaders who have addressed problems and provided solutions in today’s culture is also a good idea.

Reading as a leader is essential. In his classic work Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders devotes a chapter to the subject of “The Leader and Reading” and insists that “the leader who intends to grow spiritually and intellectually will be constantly reading.”

Pastor Adam Bowers says, “Reading only Christian literature is like eating nothing but steak. It may be good stuff, but there is much more to learn and experience. Honestly, even a lot of “Christian” literature is shallow at best and unbiblical at worst. This is why Hebrews 5:14 says solid food is for mature Christians with well-honed powers of discernment who can determine right from wrong. Mature Christians learn to absorb information with a filter.”

Leaders are students. How are you honing the leadership skills that God has given you? The most effective leaders help others grow. Can others see the results of your labor? How do you assess your effectiveness as a leader? 

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

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All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.‘  –1 Peter 5:5

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