I’ve often heard the cliché that leaders are born not made. There is some truth to this. God has equipped some with the temperament that makes it easier for them to influence others. However, if those with that particular temperament are evil in their hearts they will use the ability to lead wrongfully.
It has been said that Adolf Hitler and the apostle Paul had the same basic temperament that enabled them to influence others. Hitler used his ability for evil-- starting a world war and killing millions of innocent people. Initially, Paul used his ability for evil, but after his Damascus road encounter with the Lord , he used it for good.
We know that God’s plan for the family is for the father to be the key leader, yet he gave us various temperaments.
In my Army career where I served both as a noncommissioned officer and commissioned officer. I observed good and bad leaders with various temperaments.
I entered leadership school when I was 17 years old right out of basic training. The training I received there was very valuable to me and helped me throughout my career, where I led or commanded everything from a rifle squad to an infantry battalion.
We were taught 11 principles of leadership which I’ve come to realize--with minor modifications in wording--can be Christian leadership principles.
These principles can be applied for leadership in the family, the workplace and the church.
In the Maxwell Leadership Bible John Maxwell proclaims that leadership is for everyone, then explains that every person who accepts Christ is called to influence others. He also points out that all believers can further their potential with leadership.