"Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb." (1 Samuel 25:2-3, NKJV)
Being in a position of leadership, albeit at home, church, or in the workplace is a great call and responsibility. Leadership, in any capacity requires personal growth and development, godly counsel and wisdom, and spiritual devotion. "Nabal", meaning "fool", was a man filled with pride known for being a tyrannical, oppressive leader.
A good leader must rid themselves of pride (which leads to destruction) and as Abigail, practice restraint and discretion while interacting with others and making decisions. Good, sound decisions are rarely made from "knee jerk" reactions or emotions. Abigail knew that she was a great woman of influence and her decisions would either lead to her husband's life or death (1 Samuel 25:23-35).
Essential ingredients for good leadership qualities include: mentorship, creativity, exhorting others, inspiring gifts and talents, expressing gratitude, and having a heart of humility and servant hood. A person in a leadership role must be adaptable to change and have a willingness to respect the thoughts and opinions of others.
While in a position of authority, it can be quite easy to focus on the task on hand and overlook the importance of people. People must be more important than roles, titles, or tasks. Self-sacrifice, gentleness, service without reward, patience, kindness, nurturing of relationships, mercy, grace--are all examples of qualifications that are necessary to be an effectual leader. Think that is too much to ask? It is indeed! Therefore, it is wise to take careful consideration prior to accepting a position of leadership. Most enjoy the recognition and glory but few are willing to work willingly and energetically for the sake of others, requesting nothing in return.
If you are someone who is in a leadership position today, consider this: Jesus was a leader who took on the role of a servant...expecting nothing yet giving us everything. This wasn't a sign of weakness but one of strength. Anyone can lead while expecting glitz and glory in return but it takes a great man of faith to serve out of a humble heart, expecting nothing. The Lord Himself exemplified these qualities, which is still necessary for all quality godly leaders today.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .