How to be a Good Leader According to the Bible?

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Leadership, People and Society

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How to become a good leader? How to lead people effectively to achieve your great common goal? What are the features and qualities of a great leader? The Holy Scriptures will answer these all?

To become a great leader, one should be the one who serves great.

Luke 22:26 (NIV)
But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

Great leaders lead in righteousness and not in wrongdoings.

Proverbs 16:12 (NIV)
Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.

Psalm 5:8 (NIV)
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make straight your way before me.

They lead and guide in honesty and truth.

Psalm 43:3 (NIV)
Send forth your light and your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.

They make good rules and commandments which people can be glad on them.

Psalm 119:35 (NIV)
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.

They lead and at the same time hold their people.

Psalm 139:10 (NIV)
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Good leaders are merciful and compassionate.

Isaiah 49:10 (NIV)
They will neither hunger nor thirst,
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
and lead them beside springs of water.

They don’t lead people to temptation. They save them from evil.

Matthew 6:13 (NIV)
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

Good leaders have knowledge, sharing their knowledge to people to light their way.

Matthew 15:14 (NIV)
Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Leaders should lead in peace and godliness.

1 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Leaders should avoid talking nonsense and ungodly things.

2 Timothy 2:16 (NIV)
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

Leaders, when they caught their people in sin and disobedience, should stay calm and gently restore them.

Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Leaders should govern diligently.

Romans 12:8 (NIV)
if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Leaders should give guidance and encourage advises from different people.

Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)
For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but many advisers make victory sure.

Leaders should establish organization in love, justice and righteousness.

Isaiah 16:5 (NIV)
In love a throne will be established;
in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
one from the house of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
and speeds the cause of righteousness.

They must serve with willingness, and not with greed and self-interest.

1 Peter 5:2 (NIV)
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;

They should not become domineering or bossy, but must set their selves as good examples to their people.

1 Peter 5:3 (NIV)
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock

Leaders should lead with integrity and with capability.

Psalm 78:72 (NIV)
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.

Leaders should reward their people at the right time.

Matthew 24:45 (NIV)
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Leaders should become prudent and not place their people on a trap. They must not overload their people.

Luke 14:31 (NIV)
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

Finally, leaders must be blameless avoiding things that can give them negative criticisms. They must be temperate, self-controlled, respectable, gentle, reachable, hospitable, free of vices, peaceful and not greedy.

1 Timothy 3:1-3 (NIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,[a] he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

  • Note and Disclaimer: We usually use the New International Version (NIV) and New King James Version (NKJV) versions of the Bible. However, we also recommend our readers to do their own research and use other reliable translations, for them, to be able to discern what is fully accurate and truthful from what is not.


One Response to “How to be a Good Leader According to the Bible?”
  1. Qin Tang says:

    Great post. Your knowledge and wisdom are amazing.
    Thanks for the reminder that the Bible is the leadership book above all the leadership books out there.