As I traveled last week back and forth to The Gospel Coalition, I took the opportunity to read John MacArthur’s book, Called to Lead: 26 Leadership Lessons from the Life of the Apostle Paul. And my first tweet about the book basically says it all.
According to Christ, then, the truest kind of leadership demands service, sacrifice, and selflessness. A proud and self-promoting person is not a good leader by Christ’s standard, regardless of how much clout he or she might wield… It’s folly for Christians to assume (as these days many do) that the best way for Christians to learn leadership is from worldly examples.
Here are the 26 lessons, but I’d highly recommend picking this book up at your next opportunity and reading it. In fact, I just added it to the Recommended Bookshelf for Church Leadership here.
- A Leader is Trustworthy
- A Leader Takes the Initiative
- A Leader Uses Good Judgment
- A Leader Speaks with Authority
- A Leader Strengthens Others
- A Leader is Optimistic and Enthusiastic
- A Leader Never Compromises the Absolutes
- A Leader Focuses on Objectives, not Obstacles
- A Leader Empowers by Example
- A Leader Cultivates Loyalty
- A Leader has Empathy for Others
- A Leader Keeps a Clear Conscience
- A Leader is Definite and Decisive
- A Leader Knows When to Change his Mind
- A Leader Does Not Abuse his Authority
- A Leader Doesn’t Abdicate his Role in the Face of Opposition
- A Leader is Sure of his Calling
- A Leader Knows his own Limitations
- A Leader is Resilient
- A Leader is Passionate
- A Leader is Courageous
- A Leader is Discerning
- A Leader is Disciplined
- A Leader is Energetic
- A Leader Knows how to Delegate
- A Leader is Christlike
Now that I’ve finished the book (it kept me awake multiple nights), I’m going to take the next year and focus on one specific characteristic each week. I’ll end up running through the list twice in a given year, and by God’s grace, will become more of the leader that Christ calls me to than I am today.
What leadership characteristic do you think is most important?
Where do you struggle most?