Christian leadership

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Christian leadership

Leadership is an ability to lead or to inspire an individual or a group for the greatest achievement that is to benifit the society or the others.

Biblically leadership is inspiring others within the interests of Christ to lead them through attaining God’s purpose in and through their lives.

Leader is the one who has clear vision, strong power to determine, ability to manage, presence of mind to create, cool enough to handle crisis, willingness to take up challenges and wise enough to solve problems etc. Biblically God has bestowed upon everyone with this anointing to move with the particular task for His kingdom.

Leaders would know how to plan strategically, how to take visionary resolutions, how to convince with extra capabilities and how to leave a step that the followers would follow him without any hurdles.

I. Theories of Leadership

A. Great man theory– Great leaders are born

B. Trait theory– few people are born with leadership trait that gives them the self quality of confidence and integrity.

C. Situational theory- emerged as leaders out of situation.

D. Contingency theory– depending on proposed match or fit of the certain situation.

E. Transactional theory– leadership with the promises of rewarding and punishing.

F. Transformational theory– transforming by being examples.

G. Participative theory– participation and involvement in the life situations.

H. Delegative theory– split of responsibility and achieving the task.

I. Strategic theory- focused and seeing through.

II. Styles of leadership.

  1. Affiliative leadership– mastering the feelings and building relationships.
  2. Authoritative leadership– controlling others with their own skills and expertising with their field of skills.
  3. Autocratic leadership– dictatorship and followers cannot involve in determination. Known as coercive style.
  4. Coaching leadership– training and coaching.
  5. Charismatic leadership– based on charisma or passion
  6. Democratic leadership– based on what people think and decide on time periods.
  7. Innovative leadership– based on the injection of new ideas and thoughts.
  8. Bureaucratic leadership– command and control.
  9. Laissez faire leadership giving ideas and letting the followers to determine
  10. Pace setter or transactional leadership if you do this you will get this style.
  11. Situational leadership– action based on situation
  12. Servant leadership– becoming oneness with the followers

III. Biblical theories of leadership

A. Patriotic leadership or the leadership of consciousness. Between Adam, Job, Nova, Abraham and before Moses.

B. Priestly leadership based on levitical laws how to behave individually, socially, family and with sacrifices and offerings.

C. Legalistic leadership based on judges’ properly guided by laws.

D. Monarchy or political leadership how king lead His people with guidance of laws.

E. Prophetical leadership how prophets take predominately the leading position.

F. Slavery leadership people of God were under the captivity.

G. Servant leadership Jesus and His everlasting model.

H. Ecclesiastical leadership how church and Holy spirit is leading

I. Eschatological leadership leadership yet to come.

IV. Carefull thinking in the leadership

The attitudes and behaviours are very much important in the leadership. The prejudices and wrong judgement of cultural mileues would tear down our leadership image. We have to be sound in our thinking and to be solid in our decisions.

Let us see our false thinking and how to rectify it further!

A. Critical thinking

We can be a constructive critic and we cannot be a destructive critic.

B. Diplomatic thinking.

C. Emotional thinking.

D. Assumptive thinking..

E. Hypocritical or legalistic thinking.

F. Deductive thinking..

G. Exteriorized thinking.

V. Jesus model- The servent leadership

A. Knowing the vission of where we go.

B. Knowing the fullness of time, mission and place.

C. Having the disciples to accompany and accomplish.

  1. Choice
  2. Closet choice
  3. Teachings and imparting
  4. Sending with authority.

D. Having resource team

E. Pouring out and loving to the extent.

F. Empowerment and impartation.

G. Final legacy and rewards.


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