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Bible verses about leadership.

As a Christian, being a leader holds an important weight. As we navigate through life, we are often thrust into leadership roles that we might feel ill-equipped to handle. However, the Bible provides us with guidance on how to be good leaders. In this blog post, we will take a look at ten Bible verses about good leadership and what they can teach us about leading with integrity, compassion, and faith.


Proverbs 11:14 - Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counsellors, there is safety.

This verse reminds us of the importance of seeking wise counsel when we make decisions. As leaders, it is important to seek out the perspectives and expertise of others. Surround yourself with people who will challenge and encourage you, and who will help you make wise choices.


Proverbs 16:1 - The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

This verse reminds us that while we are responsible for making plans and decisions, ultimately, it is God who guides us. As leaders, we must be attuned to the voice of God and seek His will in all that we do.


Proverbs 16:9 - The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

While we may have our own plans and goals, ultimately, it is God who directs our paths. As leaders, we must be open to God's leading and willing to adapt our plans as needed.


Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

This verse reminds us of the importance of having a clear vision for our lives and for our communities. As leaders, it is our responsibility to keep the vision in front of our people and to ensure that we are all working towards the same goal.


Isaiah 40:31 - But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

This verse reminds us of the importance of waiting upon God and trusting in His timing. As leaders, we may face times when we feel tired, discouraged, or overwhelmed. But if we wait upon the Lord, He will renew our strength and enable us to keep pressing forward.


Matthew 20:26 - But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.

This verse reminds us of the importance of humility in leadership. As leaders, we must be willing to serve others and put their needs first. We must be willing to get our hands dirty and do the hard work of leading by example.


Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Like the previous verse, this one emphasizes the importance of servanthood in leadership. Jesus Himself modelled this for us, showing us that true greatness comes not from being served, but from serving others.


John 13:13-14 - You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

In this verse, Jesus once again models servanthood by washing His disciples' feet. As leaders, we must be willing to humble ourselves and serve others in whatever ways we can.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This familiar passage reminds us of the importance of love in leadership. As leaders, we must love our people, seeking their best interests even when it is hard or inconvenient. We must prioritize relationships over our own agendas, and strive to treat others with patience, kindness, and respect.


Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Finally, this verse reminds us that the qualities of a good leader are not based on our own abilities, but on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we seek to follow God and to live according to His will, we will begin to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit in our leadership, bringing glory to God and blessing to those we lead.


As we have seen, the Bible provides us with a wealth of wisdom and guidance on how to be good leaders. Whether we are leading in our homes, our workplaces, our churches, or our communities, we can trust in God's word to show us the way. By seeking wise counsel, trusting in God's leading, having a clear vision, serving humbly, loving our people, and depending on the Holy Spirit, we can become the leaders that God has called us to be.



Reflection Questions

In what ways can Christian principles inform effective leadership?

How has your experience as a leader been informed by your faith?

What have you done to demonstrate Christian values in a leadership position?

What advice would you give to someone looking for Christian-based leadership advice?

How do you think leaders should use Bible verses in decision making and management of their team?


Thanks for joining us today! Don't forget to leave your favourite verses in the comments about this topic.

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