The past eight blog articles were an attempt to share some foundational and philosophical groundwork upon which leaders and leadership must be built. For some this might have been a challenge to find as relevant. What is to come will be different. As the Apostle Paul modeled in most of his letters, our ability to apply well must be grounded in solid theoretical truth. Here is what has been discussed to date:
1. What do you bring that is uniquely you (lead, develop, care)?
2. How do you transition well to a new leadership role (values, competencies, time allocations)?
3. Where will you focus your effort (direction/Spirit led, relationships, urgent/important)?
4. Who will you intentionally influence (developmental bias, focused lives, saying no and yes)?
5. The essence of leading well: influence (positional, personal) and relationship (up, side, down).
6. Leading from strength (life message and mission) and protecting weakness (safe people).
7. Who a leader IS versus what a leader DOES.
8. Historical approaches to leadership.
It would be my delight and honor to hear from you on which of these topics you found stimulating and helpful for your living and leading. I would equally value what you would have included in such groundwork for leaders and leading if you were writing such a blog.
The next several blog articles will be of biographical nature that provides a “window into great leaders.” Biographies in general can be very enlightening for the leadership student by gaining insights into what made great leaders great. The Bible is filled with such snippets of leaders from whom our living and leading can be greatly enriched. Perhaps you have certain biblical characters that you go to regularly for reflection and realignment. I have my Bible characters as well and will be sharing from my biographical studies of their lives.
Of the many contributions J. Robert (Bobby) Clinton made through his generous gift of leadership thinking, none has a greater potential for transformation than that of a “Bible Centered Leader.” In his self-published 440 page work called, Having Ministry That Lasts: Becoming a Bible Centered Leader (http://www.amazon.com/Having-Ministry-Lasts-By-Becoming-Centered/dp/1932814132) Clinton likens such a person to an endangered species. Very few Christian leaders make the mastery of key books, passages, and characters a lifetime pursuit. The body of Christ and Christian organizations are impoverished accordingly.
Do we really believe that “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isa 40:8)? If so, do you “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)? Such convictions should force a leader to prioritize the study of the Bible beyond the devotional or basic study level to that of mastery of at least certain parts. In the forthcoming blogs, there will be a taste of some deeper reflection on the lives of great biblical leaders with the hope that your appetite will grow and demand a deeper personal look. Let’s turn now to feast on what made leaders great and what is available to make our leadership and us great as we choose to be a Bible Centered Leader.
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