Most of these “Leadership Proverbs” I’ve just picked up, absorbed and imbibed by some process of osmosis along the way and don’t know exactly whom they originated from. But when I know I’ll make reference, and when I don’t it’s not that I’m ungrateful or that I want to appear like a genius. It’s genuinely that I can’t remember. So if I’ve flogged something from you let me know and I’ll happily acknowledge it.
Trust the Bible
Of course we know that the Bible has always and should always be our number one authority and the grid through which we view and evaluate everything else. But holding to that is, in reality, a lot harder. Worldly wisdom often contradicts the Bible and pushes us to not trust Scripture. Advice from wise friends and family can sometimes contradict the Bible and push us to not trust Scripture. Books from “great ones” who “know their stuff” – particularly in the leadership arena – can sometimes contradict the Bible and push us to not trust Scripture. Even our own experience can – for a season, and when scripture is not allowed to interpret that experience – contradict the Bible and push us to not trust Scripture.
But the heart of Christian leadership – as an extension of Christian life and faithfulness – and the factor which determines and guides the whole endeavour, is your constant commitment to trust the Bible. Will God’s Word shape your life and your leadership and how you view everything else in life and how you evaluate every new insight or development or movement?
The degree to which your leadership is built on and shaped by and conforms to and is accountable to God’s Word is the degree to which your leadership will be Christ-honouring and Kingdom-building, no matter how successful it looks at the time. Having Scripture as the basis only isn’t enough. Everything that is then built on it must also be informed by it and line up with it and be changed and cut and axed when it doesn’t.
“Unless the Lord builds the house the labourers labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) Trusting the Bible is the number one leadership lesson and very little else matters if you get this one wrong. And it will involve an on-going process of reflection and repentance to keep on course.