Summary: There are certain things that a wise and Godly leader must avoid. The devil uses many demonic assignments to discourage and destroy Godly leaders. God has already provided the power of His Word and His Spirit to help leaders overcome their weaknesses
The Pitfalls of Leadership
1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
There are certain things that a wise and Godly leader must avoid. The devil uses many demonic assignments to discourage and destroy Godly leaders.
God has already provided the power of His Word and His Spirit to help leaders overcome their weaknesses and to develop Godly character, so that they can stand up against the enemy. It is imperative to be aware of the major causes of pitfalls and failure in leadership. A number of these are listed below:
* Inability to organize details
* Unwillingness to do humble tasks
* Fear of competition from followers
* Lack of imagination
* Poor self-image
* Fear of failure
* Lack of spiritual power
* Poor time management
* Relationship problems
* Work overload
* Lack of a well-defined vision
* Insufficient education
* Lack of faith in God
* Lack of self-discipline
* Ill health
* Lack of persistence
* Poor prayer life
* Wrong choice of marriage partner
* Uncontrolled sexuality
* Fear of poverty
* Fear of criticism
* Over cautious
* Wrong choice of business associates
* Superstition and prejudice
* Undisciplined financial control
* Lack of capital
* People pleaser
* Emotional hurts
Different kinds of leadership
Whenever people gather together, leadership of some kind is expected. The function of leadership and style is therefore important.
Godly leaders are people of high integrity, high ideals, and a high regard for their fellow man. They have the ability to empower those around them to lead better and more productive lives, inspiring trust and fellowship in their communities.
But no two leaders are the same. The following leadership styles and methods are discussed.
1. The authoritarian leader
This is strong, one-sided leadership. The leader is in control of the execution of everything and expects people to report back. This is a strong, vision-minded leader and extremely focused.
2. The democratic leader
This is a delegating type of leadership. The leader shares all the tasks and welcomes participation from the group. This type of leader would rather serve than control. People usually trust and follow this kind of leader.
3. The autocratic leader
The leader exercises absolute control, leads all discussions, and personally handles every activity of the group. This kind of leader expects absolute obedience from the group.
4. The participative leader
This style requires very little leadership. The leader just facilitates and guides the group discussions to keep things on track by asking questions and making statements. Decisions are mainly made and executed by the group.
5. Risk-taking leadership
Risk-taking is something that all great leaders do from time to time. They have the ability to recognize opportunities and readily take advantage of those chances. They have foresight, insight, creativity, imagination, and are very courageous.
6. Servant leadership
All Christians are called to be servants. Servant leadership is at the heart of Christian leadership. Servant leadership is, in essence, an attitude.
Jesus modeled servant leadership throughout His ministry which inspires leaders to set aside personal gain and to place the needs of others above their own needs and desires.
Servant leaders are not leaders on the basis of their position or leadership role, but rather lead according to their calling, vision, and principles.