If it is inspiration you are looking for with regards to leadership and the qualities this job requires, here are some quotes from the Bible that will lead you in the right direction.
And He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?”
While you may imagine a leader to be a strong personality who remains unmoved in the toughest of situations and can think clearly and calmly to provide the best decision, sometimes even a leader needs inspiration. And what better place to find this inspiration than in the Bible?
The quote mentioned above is one of the most popular leadership quotes from the Bible. It clearly explains what the Bible says about leadership. No matter what you read about leadership in the Bible, you will find that all of them reflect certain qualities that a leader should possess. These include humility, logic, analysis, compassion, empathy, righteousness, and considerate behavior. Only power does not make a leader. These qualities are essential in order to make a good leader. To understand this, here are some quotes from the Bible about leadership that will inspire you to take on the role of a leader.
What Does the Bible Say About Leadership?
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”
1 Sam 8:6-7
Come to me all you who are toiling and loaded down. And I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls.
For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?
1 Timothy 3:5
Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls, but in the multitude of counselors there is victory.
2 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; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
1 Peter 5:2-4
As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:
but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Proverbs 29:2 (KJV)
A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.
Matthew 24:45-47 (NLT)
(God said…) “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.”
2 Sam 23:3b-4
A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
But among you it will be different.
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant
He must become greater; I must become less.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Exodus 18:21 (NIV)
You will definitely derive the strength and inspiration from these quotes from the Bible, and will be able to lead in a manner that you and your followers find just and effective.