“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

Hundreds of books have been written about leadership but truly exceptional leaders are rare. Most leaders eventually will disappoint us in some way but occasionally there is a great leader that rises above all the others. Great leaders must understand their organization in a past, present, and future context. They respect the past, see the current reality, and envision the future. “A truly holistic visionary view takes into account the history of the organization, the rules and policies, the people, and the vision.”(1) God’s leaders take into account the history of his people recorded in the Holy Scriptures written for us to follow by example. They use the biblical commandments as a perfect standard to measure the present spiritual reality of their ministry. They envision that their followers each day would be a little more like Christ in behavior and they lead their people towards the ultimate vision of Christ returning in glory. Follow great leaders only as they follow Christ.

(1) Rutland, Mark. Relaunch Colorado Springs CO: David C Cook, 2013.