10 Characteristics of God Leadership

One of my Top Posts of 2010 was a post entitled 10 Characteristics of Good Leadership. As I was typing it into the year-end review I “mistakenly” typed in the word “God” instead of the word “Good”. I decided to let this “mistake” become a post of it’s own. I’ve written before 10 Reasons I Admire the Leadership Principles of Jesus and 10 Tips to Doing Leadership the Jesus Way, but in this post, it would consider ways I should lead if I am leading in a God-inspired way.

Using my Evernote application, I quickly captured the first 10 characteristics that came to mind.  Basically I asked myself, if a person was leading the way God would inspire him or her, how would he or she lead? (I’m hoping you’ll add to my list.)

Here are 10 Characteristics of God Leadership:

  • Seeks God’s will before his or her own…
  • Humble…
  • Servant…
  • Walks by faith…
  • Patient…
  • Considers the interest of others better than his or herself…
  • Submits to authority…
  • Teachable…seeks wisdom from others…
  • Believes the impossible can happen…
  • Empowers others to do what he or she could do…

That’s a start…

What would you add to my list?

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27 thoughts on “10 Characteristics of God Leadership

  1. Great stuff! Thanks! I’m giving a speech about someone -a leader- who has influenced me and of course choose God and this article is in line with my thought process.

  2. Compassionate, loves the sinner but hates the sin, helps the poor and oppressed, redeems and sets believers free, protects the rejected of society, heavenly values, always present to save, the most loving and kind divine man that walked this earth!

  3. Serious about advancing the Kingdom of God
    Strong Prayer life
    They know just how crucial their relationship with their Heavenly Father is
    Know that its God who does the calling and God who does the Equipping
    Servant of God
    Connecting – connecting requires active listening and its all about others
    Is always active listening to others
    Adds value to each person they come in contact for Jesus was all about adding Value to others
    Willing to follow God no matter the cost which requires walking blindly by faith

  4. Ron

    Sorry – I’m kinda fed up with today’s so called “Leadership” in Christiandumb.
    Lot’s of confrences, seminars, books, and seminaries, all training so called “Leaders.”
    You would think after 2,000 years we’d have it figured out – but nothing is working.
    “Pastor/Leaders” are more discouraged, depressed, and leaving in greater numbers.
    77% say they don’t have a good marriage. 70% battle depression and don’t have a close friend.
    50% don’t last five years. 80% of pastors' spouses wish they would choose a different profession.

    Sounds like a bunch of unhappy folks in that position. Doesn’t anyone ask – Why?

    Seems Jesus has a unique take on “Leaders” for **His Body.** “ONE”

    Jesus, in Mat 23:10 KJV, told **His disciples** “NOT” to call themselves
    “Master / Leaders,” for you have “ONE” “Master / Leader” “The Christ.”

    The word “Leadership” seems like a “high place.” Yes?
    Jesus always took and recommended the **low place.** Yes?

    As man – Jesus humbled Himself, made himself of NO reputation,
    and took on the form of a **Servant.** Php 2:7-8. 😉

    ALL “His Disciples” called themselves “Servants” None called themselves “leaders.”

    Characteristics of “Servants of Christ.”

    1 – They are living examples of – NOT lording it over “Disciples of Christ?” 1Pet5:3
    2 – They are living examples of – lowliness of mind? Phil 2:3
    3 – They are living examples of – “esteeming others better” than themselves? Phil 2:3.
    4 – They are living examples of – submitting “One to Another?” Eph 5:21, 1 Pet 5:5.
    5 – They are living examples of – preferring others before themselves? Rom 12:10.
    6 – They are living examples of – being clothed with humility? 1 Pet 5:5.
    7 – They are living examples of – NOT exercising authority over “Disciples of Christ?” Mark 10:42-45.

    “Leadership” is EXclusive – only available to a special few.

    “Servanthood” is INclusive – available to everyone to hear “His Voice,” obey, and follow Jesus.

    In my experience with “Pastor/Leaders” And being in “Leadership” shows me…

    No matter how loving, eventually…
    No matter how humble, eventually…
    No matter how much a servant, eventually…

    They will “exercise authority” and “lord it over” God’s heritage.
    That’s always the beginning of “Spiritual Abuse.”

    “Pastor/Leaders” = exercise authority = lord it over = abuse = always

    I’m in agreement with David – The Lord is my Shepherd – Jesus…

  5. I think of 2 things that happen when growing as a leader: Rejecrion & Failure. If one can habdle these, they deal with the monster inside.
    Twitter: bryankr

  6. What about
    Willing to sacrifice for the good of the team
    Sees the big picture
    need better wording but – doesn't shy away from people who "throw stones" at their ideas