The Basis of Leadership

Proverbs 20:28  

Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.

Niccolò Machiavelli, in his classic work on political leadership titled The Prince, wrote that the safest and surest way to preserve leadership is through fear and intimidation. He wrote, “From this arises an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared. I reply that one should like to be both one and the other; but since it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”

Throughout history, this has been the basis of the rule of many kings and dictators. In democratic systems, leadership is often based on flattery and trying to please constituencies.

But the Bible teaches a different form of leadership. According to the Bible, good leadership must be based on the personal character of the one leading. Principle—not fear or flattery—is the core of what leadership should look like. This applies to any office or situation where leadership (influence) is necessary.

This proverb presents two vital components to character-based leadership:

·Mercy—the extension of favor to others based on the personal kindness of a leader who is focused on the best interests of those he serves.

·Truth—leadership that is built on the stable and consistent application of God’s truth.

Yesterday’s Daily Bible Verse focused on how one can allow God to build his or her house. This verse is an excellent example of how to allow God to build your family. Fathers and mothers who base their family leadership on godly mercy and the truth will position themselves for God’s blessings. This is a major way you can let God build your house.

To learn more about developing character in your life, read “How to Become a Child of God.”

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Nations From Noah."

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