Quotes About Leadership From Dr. Danny Akin

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Quotes About Leadership From Dr. Akin

Quotes About Leadership From Dr. Akin

Here are some good quotes about leadership from Dr. Danny Akin.

Dr. Aiken is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.


“Sometimes leaders unwittingly exacerbate conflict. This often results from insecurity that reveals itself in being:1) unable to make wise and timely decisions, 2) too eager to please everybody, and 3) unwilling to acknowledge conflict–in other words, withdrawing.” (Leadership That Reduces Conflict)

“Leaders must make wise decisions. They must listen to counsel, observe for themselves, weigh the evidence, consider the consequences, and then act, always in a biblical manner. Every decision should be bathed in prayer, asking the Lord for wisdom (Jam. 1:5-7). Every decision will not be a perfect decision, but the leader must act decisively. To not decide in a timely manner, or to decide unpredictably or irrationally, is to display an uncertainty or inconsistency that will not be welcomed by those who are led. Followers will forgive the occasional wrong decision and remain loyal, but they will not long tolerate the leader’s inability or unwillingness to reach a decision (Jam. 1:8).” (15 Essentials for Effective Leadership in the Body of Christ)

“Leaders care about the mission of the organization, the vision that guides the way, and the well-being of the followers who must provide the hard work to translate the vision into reality. Leaders are passionate for ideals and compassionate for people (Prov. 3:27). True leaders are fair-minded and treat others as they would want to be treated (Prov. 14:21; 19:11; Matt. 22:39). We want to follow leaders whom we know to be not only competent but also genuinely concerned about us. The bond of good will and understanding that develops between a caring leader and his or her followers engenders the trust that is vital for effective leadership.” (15 Essentials for Effective Leadership in the Body of Christ)

“Effective leaders take their work seriously but not themselves. A well-tuned sense of humor in a leader who is able and willing to laugh at his or her own mistakes and imperfections – – – but not those of their followers – – – makes the leader approachable and helps give others the confidence to take risks. The effective leader knows that a hearty laugh is medicine for the soul as well as the body and that in a crisis a good laugh may be the only link to sanity.” (15 Essentials for Effective Leadership in the Body of Christ)

“Effective and spiritual leaders give themselves away first to Jesus and then to others. They have an eternal perspective and recognize the value of giving up that which they cannot keep in order to gain that which they cannot lose.” (Rom. 12:1) (15 Essentials for Effective Leadership in the Body of Christ)

“The leader must serve as the chief critic of his own abilities, of the rightness of the vision, and of the quality of the organization’s progress so that midcourse corrections may be made as necessary. The leader may need to criticize the actions, behaviors, or intents of the followers–but never their personhood. The leader, even in the role of critic, must at all times serve as advocate for the group and its members, protecting the dignity of all.” (10 Additional Roles of Leadership)

“Leaders must balance their creative tendency with the need for follow-through. Deadlines must be met. The effective leader tempers his creative tendencies with proper attention to administrative detail.” (10 Additional Roles of Leadership)

“The leader opens up shop in the morning, puts on the coffee, opens and works the mail, pays the bills, greets and serves the customers, covers for lunch, waits until the last customer has been served in the evening, sweeps up, carries out the trash, cleans the coffee pot, locks up, and turns off the lights in the evening–or at least he is responsible for ensuring that all of these activities are performed.” (10 Additional Roles of Leadership)

“It is axiomatic that to be a good leader, first one must be a good follower. Leadership and followership are sides of a coin, the attributes that make one effective in one role apply as directly to the other. Most of us find ourselves switching between these roles frequently.” (10 Additional Roles of Leadership)

“Our primary purpose in all we do in leadership should be to glorify God.” (Spiritual Growth for Spiritual Leaders)

“Leadership should be transparent, open and above-board, with several qualities that give it distinction. Note the following:

  1. The foundation of leadership is character – not professional skill. (Romans 5:3-4)
  2. The nature of leadership is service – not being served. (Mark 10:45)
  3. The motive for leadership is love – not power. (John 13:13-17)
  4. The measure of leadership is sacrifice – not success. (Romans 12:1-2)
  5. The authority of leadership is submission – not pulling rank. (Ephesians 5:21)
  6. The purpose of leadership is to glorify God – not to glorify ourselves. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  7. The tools of leadership are prayer and Scripture – not a marketing handbook and an ingratiating manner. (Ephesians 6:17-19)
  8. The privilege of leadership is growth – which may be more in depth rather than in great numbers. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  9. The power of leadership is the Holy Spirit – not programs. (Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)
  10. The model for leadership is Jesus Christ – not a corporation or a man. (1 Corinthians 11:1)” (Spiritual Growth for Spiritual Leaders)
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