Continuing from The Book on Leadership.
Leadership Principle #1: A Leader is Trustworthy
How does a leader build trust? When people are convinced you will do everything in your power for their good and nothing for their harm, they’ll trust you (p. 12).
Leadership Principle #2: A Leader Takes the Initiative
A leader never says, “We might have a problem over here. Somebody ought to do something about it.” The leader says, “Here is the problem, and here’s how to solve it” (p. 20).
Leadership Principle #3: A Leader Uses Good Judgment
Leadership Principle #4: A Leader Speaks with Authority
When we say good leaders speak with authority, we’re not merely saying that they speak with an authoritative attitude. Pomposity and arrogance aren’t the same as authority… Rather, the amazing authority with which Paul spoke was an unshakable authority derived from his absolute certainty that God’s Word was true and His promises were trustworthy… All of this means that a leader must know the Scriptures. He must believe with an unshakable conviction that God’s Word is true. And he must be able to communicate the truth of God’s Word with confidence and conviction (pp. 34-35).
The voice of authority must convey strength and power. Unless you really know what you’re talking about, you can’t speak clearly or with authority. And if you can’t verbally project certainty, confidence, and courage based on knowledge, you’ll find it very difficult to lead people… In the apostle Paul’s case, he had a word from God. That is what sets spiritual and biblical leadership apart from every other kind. We can speak with absolute confidence, as long as we derive our authority from the unshakable truth of God’s Word (p. 35).
Leadership Principle #5: A Leader Strengthens Others
Leadership Principle #6: A Leader is Optimistic and Enthusiastic
People who are synical and gloomy debilitate everyone they speak to. They’re like blood-sucking leeches. They make people pale, weak, and passive (p. 40).
Here, the key is to have a solid understanding of the sovereignty of God. God’s plans will never be frustrated by anyone or anything. Having such view of God is foundational for being optimistic and enthusiastic.
True leadership is tested and proved in crises. The real leader is the one who can handle the stress. He is the one who can solve the problems, bear the burdens, find the solutions, and win the victories when everyone else is merely flustered, confounded, and perplexed (p. 45).
Leadership Principle #7: A Leader Never Compromises the Absolutes
Leadership Principle #8: A Leader Focuses on Objectives, Not Obstacles
Leadership Principle #9: A Leader Empowers by Example
Concerning the problem the Corinthian church faced:
That spirit of division and conflict shredded the unity of the church, driven by envy, strife, and carnality (1 Corinthians 3:3). The problem did not stem from any failure in the leadership of Paul, Apollos, or Cephas (Peter). They were all godly men who labored as one for the same goals and all shared the same convictions (though they had differing leadership styles). The problem was carnality in the church, as Paul expressly said so (v. 4). However, the division in the church reflected a serious leadership vacuum that had arisen in Corinth. After Paul’s departure, Apollos had capably led that church for a season (Acts 18:27-28; 19:1). But Apollos had also moved on to other mission fields, and sometime after that is when the factions arose. It is obvious from Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians that their internal strife and other troubles all stemmed from a lack of wise and godly leadership in the wake of Paul’s and Apollos’s departure. The Corinthian believers were tolerating immorality in their midst (1 Corinthians 5:1)… On top of that, someone in their midst was beginning to raise questions about Paul’s apostolic authority (9:1-8) (p. 66).
Stay tune for Part III