Qualifications for leadership

One of the books I have been reading is Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.  In the chapter entitled Why lead like Jesus?  They go on to examine the issue of competency in leadership.  They point out that competency is a less needful ingredient to leadership than humility.

In regard to having proper strengths for leadership they quote Henry Blackaby:  “That’s an interesting concept, but it’s not biblically sound.  Name for me one leader in the Bible whom the Lord called who was qualified! Everyone of them, including Moses and Mary, claimed in one way or the other that they were the wrong person for the job.  The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.”

The authors then make this further great point.

“When Henry was asked what it meant to be called, he emphasized humility.  If you have a teachable spirit and your EGO is out of the way, the Lord and others around you will qualify you.”…..”Servant leaders have solid self-esteem.  As a result, they are willing to admit when they have a weakness or need assistance.  Put in positions over their heads, they are able to reach out to their people for help.  Servant leaders are willing to admit when they have a weakness or need assistance.  By reaching out to their people for help, they create environments where new ideas and new solutions emerge.” – p.199

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