Leadership lessons are not reserved for those who are already in a position of power. Every kind of leader, especially the young leader, should seek wisdom, lead with integrity, and be bold. These are great traits that all leaders should strive to achieve. The lessons from biblical examples are for the youngest and the most senior leaders.
An important part of the leadership equation is mentorship. This often falls on the shoulders of senior leaders who must see this as an essential part of their leadership. In addition, the up-and-coming leader should embrace opportunities to learn from those who have forged ahead of them.
“In the same way, I urge you who are younger: Accept the authority of the elders. And everyone, clothe yourselves with humility.” 1 Peter 5:5
This speaks to the importance of humility, a key trait for anyone in a leadership role. Of course, humility is for senior leaders. In addition, this verse specifically also points out that the young leader should “In the same way” strive to be humble and learn from bible led leaders around them.
Younger generations are always eager to put their stamp on the world and to make an impact for the kingdom. This can lead to impatience, frustration, and anger with how things sometimes play out or a perception that enough isn’t being done. As a result, humility can be seen as a weakness. However, as we see in this verse, when it comes to leadership humility is a strength. While it can be difficult to learn humility, it’s a trait that benefits young and senior leaders.
If you’re a young leader, seek out the biblically led leaders around you and learn from their example. Learn from their successes and their failures. Be humble. Seek wisdom and lead with integrity as well. These are lessons that will serve you well throughout your professional career and spiritual journey. If you’re already a significant leader, don’t forget the importance of mentorship and humility. Be sure to invest in the next generation of leaders and help them learn from your example.
Biblically led leaders who can put their egos aside and serve those around them are often the most effective and appreciated.
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