Influencing, Motivating & Maximizing Others


What Is Leadership? 

The outworking of leadership will be different for each of us and in accordance with our unique callings from God. And it may change based on various seasons of our life. There are times when God may ask us to hold a formal leadership position. There may be other times in life when we are in softer places of leadership and influence. 

In leadership, as in life itself, Jesus is our ultimate example. He urges us to... 

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:29–30 

Leadership is...

Leadership is influence. 

The position or office of a leader 

The capacity or ability to lead 

The act of providing guidance and direction 

The calling of God on a person 

Leadership can...

Encourage people to work together 

Keep a group focused on a specific goal 

Inspire a group to achieve higher impact than would be possible individually 

Help people realize, experience, and enjoy all that God has planned for them 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

Leadership Principles from Proverbs 

Don’t allow yourself to be isolated or insulated from others. 

Do... Let them know they are free to come to you with their advice and perspective on new and different ideas. 

“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”

Proverbs 12:15 

Don’t feel you must appear perfect. 

Do... Confess your failures, and you will receive mercy. 

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Proverbs 28:13 

Don’t think others can’t see when you act inconsistently. 

Do... Follow through with whatever you’ve promised, as long as it’s just and right. 

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

Proverbs 21:3 

Don’t brag about your own accomplishments. 

Do... Wait for someone else to shine the spotlight on you. 

“Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.”

Proverbs 27:2

Don’t fail to hold others accountable. 

Do... Explain your expectations, provide each person with responsibilities, and set deadlines for completion. 

“The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.”

Proverbs 16:23

Don’t allow yourself to become prideful. 

Do... Maintain a heart of humility, understanding your own limitations and weakness and depending on the Lord’s leadership in your life. 

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”

Proverbs 16:18





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Grace Filled Words:

“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant … you will be my treasured possession.”

Exodus 19:5

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 

Colossians 3:17

Additional Scriptures: 

Genesis 2:24-25

Proverbs 18:22

Philippians 2:1–11

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