Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Culture tends to place them in corporate grids or organizational charts. You know, those who manage businesses, maneuver the political world, and make it happen in economic circles. But, friends, moms and dads are leaders as well, the men and women who guide families, retail establishments large and small, classrooms, day care centers, and every conceivable organization seeking some intent or purpose. It's a broad base concept, this leadership thing. It drives life in every ideal.
There's a qualifier that raises the bar when thinking about leadership. When believers occupy those slots spiritual leadership is the deal. And, that's a sore spot in the way the world works these days. Far too many leaders, even parents, leave their faith in the car or at home when they take their places on the front row. But, the truth is, our beliefs should be the constants in our lives regardless of our calling or life assignment. Personal faith should be the guiding principle in fulfilling our leadership roles. And, that's a hard one for many people. Knowing how to apply spiritual truth to our daily tasks is a lesson plan few of us actually understand. That's why I always suggest several noted books to those believers who are thrust into leadership positions. Make note---
Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God's Agenda
Henry and Richard Blackaby (B & H Publishing, Nashville, Tn: 2011)
The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
Ken Sande (Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI: 2004)
Resolving Everyday Conflict
Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson (Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI: 2015)
The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life Dreams
Tim Sanders, Currency Publishers, New York: 2006).
Of course, there are volumes of books and articles covering the many particulars of leadership at every level. I have found these four books to be practical guides for Christians with leadership responsibilities. Give them a read. Be better prepared to lead.