What Defines a Godly Leader?

The resounding echo of "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" is impossible to ignore. In a world where power's allure often entices self-serving agendas, we, as believers, are beckoned to embrace a dfferent perspective—one that infuses godly principles into power dynamics. Amidst the demands of our workplaces and daily responsibilities, the mantle of leadership often falls upon us. Yet, in this role, how can we navigate a path that harmonizes our actions with our deeply held beliefs?

Within the pages of Scripture, a profound revelation emerges: although possessing boundless power, God consciously chooses to share it. Deuteronomy 32:8-9 unveils a captivating display of God's allocation of power. After the Tower of Babel's rebellion, nations were divided among "sons of God." Curiously, God's decision to involve His creation in this divine plan raises questions. Given His self-sufficiency, why would God opt for such an approach? The answer lies in His intention to foster collaboration. This echoes Christ's earthly ministry, where He extended His power to chosen disciples, beginning with 12, expanding to 70, and reaching out to 500, offering a glimpse into God's perspective: power is not a solitary possession but a shared resource spanning generations.

Moses, a prominent figure in Scripture, provides a rich narrative that mirrors the journey from Egypt's theocratic monarchy to a leadership shaped by godly principles. His story unfolds as a tapestry of transformation, offering insights for contemporary leaders seeking to navigate power dynamics in a manner that honors God.

1. Turning to Exodus 18:17-21, we encounter Moses' pivotal encounter with Jethro, his father-in-law. In this exchange, Moses is advised to delegate responsibilities to individuals of unwavering character. Here, the essence of sharing leadership responsibilities is underscored—a reflection of God's inclination to disseminate power. This encounter molds Moses' understanding that effective leadership involves empowering individuals of integrity to share the load.

2. Numbers 11 uncovers another layer of Moses' leadership education. Directed by God, Moses assembles 70 elders upon whom the Spirit is lavished. This empowerment is accompanied by public validation through prophesying—an affirmation of their divine calling. This dual lesson emphasizes that leaders are not only tasked with delegating tasks but also with equipping their teams with resources and ensuring their contributions are publicly recognized.

At the heart of modern leadership lies the shift from Egypt's monarchical framework to the kingdom-oriented model defined by God. Embracing the latter entails a power flow that cascades downward and outward—mirroring God's own approach. This journey necessitates acknowledging our natural inclination to hoard power, identifying potential collaborators, assessing their competencies, and equipping them with the tools they need to thrive.

In a world awakening to the benefits of decentralized management and network-based leadership, the timeless wisdom of the scriptures offers a profound guide. We're invited to adopt God's view of power, sharing it among many and allowing it to permeate every facet of our leadership roles. By using delegation, empowerment, and public validation, we become conduits of God's divine wisdom in the realm of power dynamics, transforming workplaces into places where His principles thrive.

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Adrian Reid

Adrian is the co founder of The Nova Project. He is a speaker, author, bible teacher, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He currently lives in Geneva with his wife Robertha and two sons Levi-Hunter and Luke-Pierce.