“And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

Isaiah 11:2 NLT

Leadership is influence. It’s the ability to get people to accomplish something bigger than themselves. Leadership can either take a group of people higher or bad leadership can take them down.

Israel was waiting on the anointed one to take them higher. Isaiah prophesies that he’s on the way. It is a prophecy concerning Jesus. The same leadership qualities that are prophesied concerning Jesus should be manifest in our own leadership as well. There are three.

First and foremost the Holy Spirit must rest on us. Our lives should be so surrendered to God that his spirit feels comfortable enough to rest on us and in us. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.

  1. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding. When Solomon became King after his father David, he was so overwhelmed by the scope of his responsibility he prayed to God for Wisdom. “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” The only way we can get understanding is if we are standing under God. 
  2. The Spirit of counsel and might. A good leader knows how to give wise counsel and receive wise counsel. Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success (Proverbs 15:22).
  3. The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. This has to do with competency and moral accountability. If you are going to be a leader you need a knowledge of what you are being asked to do. You lead from your strengths and hire for your weakness. More than anything, as a leader you need a healthy respect for God. Too many bad leaders develop a “God complex.” But even Jesus said, “I can only do what I see the Father do.” He also said, “I did not come to be served but to serve. The greatest among you shall be a servant to the rest.” Great leaders are servant leaders.  

Dear God,

Give me the right spirit to lead your people. I realize more than ever that I cannot lead your people if I do not love your people and I cannot save your people if I do not serve your people. Help me to lead like Jesus led and not be ego-driven. Hide me behind the cross that they might see the savior and not me.

In Jesus’ Name,