The style and approach of biblically based leadership can differ significantly from popular models. Biblically based leaders focus on relationships rather than individual accomplishment; they emphasize team building over task completion; and they strive to cultivate a spirit of unity through collaboration instead of competition (1 Corinthians 12:7 ). This contrary model emphasizes servant leadership – placing the needs of others before their own – as highlighted in Matthew 20:26-28. Leaders must also remain mindful that God alone grants authority; thus maintaining an attitude of submission towards those to whom God has given power (Romans 13:1).
Describe an effective leadership approach from a biblical perspective.
A key distinguishing factor between popular models and biblically based approaches lies with their purpose and perception. Popular models are often focused on achieving success at any cost whereas biblically based approaches prioritize achieving results within boundaries set forth by scripture. In this way, we see how Peter instructs believers to show respect for all people regardless if it “is pleasing to God” because “we must obey God rather than human beings!”(Acts 5:29 NIV) Further illustrating this point is Paul’s instruction to believers concerning spiritual gifts – each one should use his/her gift ‘according to the measure’ they have been given (1 Corinthians 12: 27 NIV). By understanding these distinctions between popular models and biblical perspectives on leadership we gain insight into how best conduct ourselves as Christian leaders today.