Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Beyond The Norm. Do you habitually go beyond the norm in your business?
This week we’ll focus on Leadership. Leadership is essential to go beyond the norm in business. Ken Blanchard, of One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus fame, defines leadership as influencing the thoughts or behaviors of another person. We lead, not only if we have employees, but every time we sell a product or service to someone. We also lead when we influence in our family, and we lead when we share Christ with others.
Ken Blanchard also says he has studied leadership all his life, the latest business leadership strategy will last 7 – 10 years; BUT if you really want to understand leadership, study what Jesus taught and modeled. We might think it was easy for Jesus since He was God! And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 ESV Note that He increased as He aged. While Jesus was fully divine, he was also fully human. When you evaluate potential employees and they tell you they have 15 years experience, your challenge is to discern if they truly have 15 years experience or do they have 5 years and they keep repeating the 5th year! Has your leadership developed each year?
That is why Christ did not exalt himself to become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” And in another passage God said to him, “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.” While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death. And God heard his prayers because of his reverence for God. So even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. Hebrews 5:5-9 Jesus learned! Leading beyond the norm necessitates prayer – talking intimately with God at a real gut level; and learning to obey and do things God’s way even when it hurts. Are you learning from your painful business experiences? Does your leadership reflect Christlike learning?
What has / is God using in your life to develop your leadership skills? Are you the same leader in your personal life that you are in your business life?
Bit of Wisdom
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5 ESV
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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