As leaders, we must learn from leaders. The greatest leader is Jesus Christ. He is our head and our chief (Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:4). Christ has also given us pastors, teachers, and elders to guide us and instruct us in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-15). The scriptures also tell us to follow godly examples (2 Timothy 1:13) and to mark godly men (Psalm 37:37). It is vital that as young leaders we learn from and imitate faithful pastors and elders in our local church. It is also important to be learning from other trusted pastors and leaders who have written blogs, books, etc. to further equip us in our service to Christ. We have no excuse to not continue growing with the plethora of resources available to us today.
I recently read “The Conviction To Lead” by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler came into leadership at Southern during a time of great division at the school due to doctrinal errors being taught by some of the staff. He graciously but firmly dealt with those who were unfaithful to Scripture and set the school in the right direction. He continues to serve in the role today.
Dr. Mohler approaches the book biblically and practically. He lays down the foundation of true leadership, namely Biblical conviction, and then spends much of the book writing on how to work our Biblical conviction into the day-in and day-out activities of the leader as well as into the culture and activities of the organizations we lead. The chapters address ideas such as: christian worldview, leading by narrative, teaching, personal character and credibility, social media, dealing with the press, public speaking, and legacy building.
The book is not overly philosophical and not overly practical. I believe Dr. Mohler demonstrates that theory must play out practically, but that tasks must be tied to a vision and a goal. I was blessed. I was equipped. I was challenged. Check it out!