Leadership

  1. The Law of Addition:  Leaders add value to an organization by serving their people:  - From The Maxwell Leadership Bible
    1. Don"t Brag (Proverbs 27: vv. 1,2) - Leaders understand how little they get from self-promotion.
    2. Don't envy (Proverbs 27:  v. 4) - Leaders sabotage themselves if their motive is to keep with others.
    3. Be forthright (Proverbs 27: vv. 5, 6) - Leaders don't fear confrontation, but speak the truth in love.
    4. Don't forsake your roots (Proverbs 27: v. 8) - Leaders understand the power of relational heritage.
    5. Stay close (Proverbs 27: vv. 9, 10) - Leaders work at maintaining relationships and meeting needs.
    6. Add value (Proverbs 27: v 17) - Leaders sharpen those with whom they come in contact.
    7. Don't be moved by flattery (Proverbs 27: v. 21) - Stay humble or you will stumble.
    8. Godly leaders tend to have a strong passion and a deep optimism about the future.  This attitude springs from their sense of purpose and from the assurance of their ultimate destination.
    9. The lesson of influence - Be an example.  The more you walk the walk, the less you have to talk.  Live the life in front of the ones you seek to influence.  Our leadership is more caught than taught.  People would rather see a sermon than hear one. - The Maxwell Leadership Bible - 1 Timothy 4:12-16
  2. Every spiritual leader faces at least two important duties.  First, they must confront those who fall away from faith (1 Tim 4:1-6).  Second, they must discipline themselves for godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-16).  If they do this, they earn the trust of others. - The Maxwell Leadership Bible - 1 Timothy 4:1-16
  3. New believers should become secure and strong in the faith before taking leadership roles in the church.  New faith needs time to mature.  New believers should have a place of service, but they should not be put in leadership positions until they are firmly grounded in their faith, with a solid Christian life-style and a knowledge of the Word of God.  - Life Application Study Bible NIV Version - 1 Timothy 3:6 Note - Pg 2191.
  4. Younger believers who are selected for office need to beware of the damaging effects of pride.  Pride can seduce our emotions and cloud our reason.  It can make those who are immature susceptible to the influence of unscrupulous people.  Pride and conceit were the devil's downfall, and he uses pride to trap others.   - Life Application Study Bible NIV Version - 1 Timothy 3:6, 7 Note- Pg 2191.
  5. The leader must be exemplary in his interpersonal behavior, associating with all age groups and economic classes, modeling truth and godliness with dignity and grace. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 5 pg. 220.
  6. Leadership begins at home, then goes public.  Leadership starts at home.  If it doesn't work at home, don't export it.  Leadership works best when it is prioritized as follows: - The Maxwell Leadership Bible - 1 Timothy 5:22, pg 1503.
    1. 1.  I am first a person.  I must prioritize my own relationship with God.
    2. 2.  Second, I am a partner.  I must prioritize my relationship with my spouse.
    3. 3.  Third, I am a parent.  I must prioritize my relationship with my children.
    4. 4.  Fourth, I am a pastor.  I must prioritize my relationship with my ministry.
    5. God doesn't necessarily choose leaders based on their natural talent or ability.  Neither does He always choose them based on their age and experience.  As Paul tells Timothy, God choses leaders based on their availability, not their ability; on their willingness to walk in obedience to Him, not their experience.
    6. Every spiritual leader faces at least two important duties.  First, they must confront those who fall away from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-6).  Second, they must discipline themselves for godliness (4:7-16).  This way that they earn the trust of others. - The Maxwell Leadership Bible - 1 Timothy 4, pg 1502.
  7. Lessons in Leadership - The Maxwell Leadership Bible - 2 Timothy, ppg. 1506-1507.
    1. We are most effective when we lead in the area of our gifts.
    2. Leaders are to equip and develop other leaders who will do the same.
    3. Leaders set the standard for excellence, morality, productivity, and atmosphere.
    4. The pathway to effective leadership is uphill with lots of hurdles along the way.
    5. Leaders must consciously work to finish well.
    6. Spiritual leaders who finish well will be rewarded richly.
  8. Paul mentions three characteristics of the effective Christian leader: power, love, and self discipline.  These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.  Follow his leading each day so that your life will more fully exhibit these characteristics. See Galatians 5: 22,23.  - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy 1:7 Note 1:7 pg 2199. 
  9. But Messiah has more than royal lineage.  Jesus also has the anointing of the Holy Spirit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (v. 2) Jesus does not need our mechanisms for power. He has another way to build the world of our dreams. He has the Spirit of wisdom and understanding for leadership, the Spirit of counsel and might for war, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord for holiness. Unlike every other human leader in the sorry length of our history, Jesus is literally qualified to rule the world. We have nothing to fear from him. We are foolish to resist him. We can never be too loyal to him. - From location 1984 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners.
  10. The church leader must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Kindness presupposes a peaceable attitude.  Such a mindset speaks and acts in goodness.  This does not mean spineless acquiescence to popular opinion or to those who oppose us.  Kindness must remain firmly rooted in truth.    Though truth may seem harsh, carrying with it conviction or judgement of sin, it must be delivered with compassion and kindness because God always works for the restoration or repentance of the sinner.  Pastors and leaders must model this understanding and care.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 2:24,  pg. 289.
  11. When you read of any great leader in the Bible, just remember it was God who worked through them.  And the same God who led through them wants to lead through you!  God is in the business of not only saving lives, but also leading leaders. - From the Kindle version of the Maxwell Leadership Bible, Hebrews 13:7, 8 at location 64545.
  12. Leaders are stewards of everyone who follows them.  God has placed leaders in "middle management" under His leadership.  When their life ends, they will answer for how responsibly they tended to his divine vision and values.    - From the Kindle version of the Maxwell Leadership Bible, Hebrews 13:7, 8 at location 64577.
  13. Lessons in Leadership - 1)  The more you walk, the less you have to talk.  2)  Integrity occurs when words and actions match.  3)  Leaders will be judged more strictly than followers.  4) If you can bridle your tongue, you can discipline any part of your life.  5)  Leadership motives must be pure; mercy and justice are healthy motivators.  -  From the Maxwell Leadership Bible, Introduction to James, Lessons in Leadership, page 1541. 
  14. Leaders are to humble themselves and let God exalt them in due time.  -  From the Maxwell Leadership Bible, Introduction to James, Lessons in Leadership, page 1542.  
  15. As John Maxwell often says, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.   - From location 1090 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.