How to identify a Loving Leader
What is Leadership?
Leadership according to the Scriptures is the ability to inspire followership. In other words, a leader is someone others are willing to follow. See Proverbs 14:28 MSG; John 21:1-3
Leadership is influence. Influence is the ability to determine the thoughts, words, actions and behaviors of another. See Matthew 4:19; Acts 4:13. A leader is an influencer. He influences people’s decisions. See 2 Corinthians 12:17-18.
Leaders influence outcomes. A leader is a game changer. He or she is a catalyst of change. A leader is a difference maker.
When a leader shows up, things change for the better. You know you are a leader when your team cannot do without you. A leader moves things forward. A leader brings increase. David was a leader before he had the title.
Leadership is not a position or a title. Leadership is the ability to inspire people towards positive and constructive behavior. Leadership is action. Leadership is the reward for result oriented behavioral patterns. You earn the right to lead when you produce results. See 1 Samuel 18:5-7.
Leadership is a lifestyle. It is the result of following Jesus. See 1 Corinthians 11:1; Matthew 4:19. A leader is a lover. You cannot lead well without love. A leader is a lion and a lamb. As a lion, it means a leader is courageous. As a lamb, it means a leader is selfless and self sacrificing.
We are looking at the love dimension of leadership, which is a view of leadership as a lamb. See Revelation 5:1-12. Every time we sacrifice of ourselves for the purpose of kingdom advancement we gain authority.
See John 10:11: 2 Corinthians 12:14-15 NKJV, MSG, NLT; Mark 8:1-8
- Leaders take responsibility for the care and the wellbeing of others. See Matthew 14:15-23; Mark 8:1-8. Leaders are not gain driven. Leaders are good driven.
- Leaders are proactive. They don’t need to be told what to do. They do what needs to be done. See 1 Corinthians 9:16-18; 1 Samuel 17:25-26
- Leaders seek to use their gifting to serve others. They leverage their power and their influence to bless others. Acts 10:38; Matthew 20:20-28; Luke 22:24-27
- Leaders are selfless and self sacrificing. They are willing to lay down their lives for the people they lead. John 10:11; 2 Corinthians 12:14-15: John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9
- Leaders know that they are under authority and are accountable to God. See Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1; Hebrews 13:17
- Leaders know that they are stewards. They know that the way they handle their current responsibility will determine their promotion or the growth of their influence. See 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; Matthew 24:45-47
- Leaders are life improvers. They seek to make others better. They seek to help people become their best self or help people become better than themselves. Leaders do not compete with their followers, they do whatever it takes to make them better. See Matthew 4:19; Mark 6:34; Matthew 14:14; John 14:12. They seek the joy of others. See Luke 7:11-17; Philippians 1:19-26
The Seven Dimensional Benefits of being a Loving Leader
- Power: God entrusts or delegates power to people who have a genuine heart to serve others selflessly. See Matthew 14:14; Acts 10:38; Acts 13:22,36. The more compassionate you are, the more powerful you will be. See 1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1 NIV,
- Riches. God the Father commits wealth to those who love Him passionately and love others compassionately. See Philippians 4:10-19; 3 John 1-8; Proverbs 11:24-25
- Wisdom. You will always have wisdom for whatever you love. We are more creative wherever we are passionate. God gives wisdom to those who want to serve others. See 1 kings 3:3-15; Mark 6:34; Romans 9:1-3; Ephesians 3:1-11
- Strength. God gives supernatural strength to those who are self giving and self sacrificing. See Isaiah 40:29-31; Philippians 4:10-13
- Honor: Honor comes to those who lay down their lives in obedience to God. See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:6-7
- Glory. There’s a level of glory reserved for those who walk in love. See Exodus 33:11-23; 24:15-18
- Blessing. There’s a great blessing in being selfless and self sacrificing. See John 13:17; Psalm 112:1-3; 128:1-3.