At Work & Theology 101

Twenty-One Words That Describe Christian Leadership

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Editor’s note: Today we introduce Glenn Brooke, a new contributor to the IFWE blog. He is an author, scientist, and entrepreneur specializing in leadership development. He will be posting periodically about leadership from a Christian perspective.

There may be no better summary of the characteristics of leaders than this, from the final instructions Paul gives at the end of 1 Corinthians:

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

  • Leaders are watchful – they observe, they stand guard against that which would destroy, they persevere. They study the world and perceive trends. Leaders anticipate dangers and opportunities.
  • Leaders stand firm in the faith – they stand rather than wobble, they stand rather than run. Leaders stand on truth with a worldview giving them both purpose and courage.
  • Leaders act in boldness and gentleness, influencing and shaping others around them. Leaders put others first. They lead from the front: “First in the attack and last in the retreat.”
  • Leaders are strong – others can count on them. Leaders have enough strength to share and embolden others. Leaders protect and provide for others by using their strengths.
  • Leaders do everything in love – they’re tough on issues and tender with people. The best leadership is love.

Memorize this verse. 

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