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December 11, 2013

In light of the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, I thought a fitting tribute would be to explore leadership a bit.

Mandela epitomized many of these Biblical characteristics as he changed South Africa and the world.

This post is dedicated to the hope that the world can see more leaders like Mandela raised up in Africa and beyond.

RIP Nelson Mandela, an example of true leadership.

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Nelson Mandela, "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison

By: BK

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of leadership.

Joshua is a great example of having a clear vision and boldness as he takes possession of the land.
Nehemiah demonstrates how leadership cuts down spiritual and secular walls by rebuilding both the walls(infrastructure) and the people’s lives.
Jeremiah shows us the less publicized side of leadership, letting us into the weeping prophet’s battles with loneliness and opposition

My first leadership experience was as an 11-year-old in Boy Scouts. As a newly christened “Assistant Patrol Leader”, I led as I had seen others leading. Experience said the way in which you led other pre-teen peers was through yelling and screaming, using all of your newly learned expletives until finally the group accomplished the task. Unfortunately my model came through watching the 12 and 13-year-old leaders!

Some leaders never outgrow this style.

They refine it, dropping the cursing, but maintaining the control and the “no questions asked” style. Hollywood promotes this style with military drill sergeants and gruff police captains.

As we grow in our leadership, we realize the limits of this style’s effectiveness. We come to understand a need to value people, not absolute obedience.

Drill sergeant discipline