Are you a leader in the church, in the workplace, in business, or academia? Or do you aspire to one day be a leader in some area of life? I believe that most people who desire to lead want to do a bang-up job. So in this post, I want to share several essentials for effective leadership.
This counsel comes straight from the mouth of God. It is based on His advice to Joshua. God had chosen him to lead His people after Moses had died. These points are not optional but essentials for effective leadership for Christians:
1. Have God on your side. “I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you,” He said to Joshua (Joshua 1:5). No one on earth can make and fulfill such a promise to you. There is something emboldening and comforting about knowing that God is with you and will never leave nor fail you. With Him on your side, you can handle whatever challenges leadership throws at you.
2. “Be strong and of a good courage” (verse 6). Leadership is not for the fainthearted. No degree of skillset can compensate for a tendency to wimp out when things get difficult. If the tough in you can’t get going when the going gets tough, you won’t be an effective leader.
3. Be wise in your decision-making. In the last part of Joshua 1:7, God tells Joshua to be strong and to not deviate from the Word “that you may prosper whithersoever you go.” In this phrase, the word prosper comes from a Hebrew word meaning to do wisely. When you are a leader, the decisions you make affect everyone under your leadership. The Word of God is your priceless resource for wise decision-making.
4. Meditate daily on the Word of God. God told Joshua to do this to the intent “that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein” (verse 8). Hence, the emphasis is not on being a hearer of the Word but a doer. Here is what God says will happen when you do that: “then shall you make your way prosperous, and then shall you have good success.” The point is that God blesses those who walk in obedience to Him.
Joshua’s success as a leader was not happenstance. He succeeded because he employed the essentials for effective leadership presented above. They are based on the perfect counsel of God. I am convinced that they will work just as effectively for Christian leaders today.
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