Leadership is, in a word, influence. As the great military leader Bernard Montgomery said, “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence.” Consider these other great quotes about leadership:

A leader is a man who knows the road, who can keep ahead, and who pulls others after him—John R. Mott.

Leadership may be defined as that quality that inspires sufficient confidence in subordinates as to be willing to accept his views and carry out his commands—Fleet Admiral Nimitz.

A leader is a person who has the ability to get others to do what they don’t want to do, and like it—Harry S. Truman.

But when we speak of spiritual, or godly leadership, we bring in more than merely the power of personality and natural gifts. A spiritual leader influences others because his or her personality has been penetrated and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.

A natural leader is often self-confident, knows human beings, and makes quick decisions. A spiritual leader is confident in God, knows God, and seeks God’s will in all things. A natural leader can be ambitious, resourceful, and independent. He or she often enjoys being in command and seeks personal reward and recognition. A godly leader is humble, follows God’s lead and example, and depends entirely upon God. He or she delights in obedience to God, loves God and others, and seeks only to please Him.

God is quite clear that as we select leaders to serve among His people, we are not to look merely at those things that the world looks at but that we seek men who exhibit a lifestyle of service to God and others. Spiritual men, in other words. May God help us as we select and appoint godly leaders to lead us in fulfilling God’s purposes in all of our churches.