Leading By Example — Philippians 4:9

When it comes to leadership, there are many models we could follow. The University at Buffalo School of Management observed the leadership style of more than 50 key people in various organizations — business, military, financial, and religious. The study identified three powerful predictors of company growth.

The most effective leaders:

– Lead by example

– Are willing admit their mistakes

– Recognize the strengths of others.

It turns out, the study concludes, that humble leaders are more effective. Many people expect leaders to be self-serving and stubborn: Do as I say not as I do; I’m right all the time; It’s my way or the highway.

When they see something different in a leader, they  respond. People look for leaders who say, as Paul said…

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me; practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:9

We always want to model our leadership as Christians after our Lord. Jesus Christ was an incredible leader and example to us of someone who desired to fulfill the will of God with his life. He did so in a very directed, yet humble way. As Christians, we are proclaiming ourselves to be Christ-followers. And I would ask you to consider this: are you following Christ in not only the way you lead, but the way you live? Imagine being able to say do as I do – and that being enough. It could lead to something big.


About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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