As many of you know 1 Corinthians 13 is the love chapter often quoted at weddings. I remember when my wife and I went through pre marital counseling I memorized this chapter or most of it. I’ve heard many messages on this chapter talking specifically about love, I’ve even preached out of this chapter in the past.
Recently, I began reading a book by Perry Noble titled, The Most Excellent Way To Lead with a subtitle of Discover The Heart of Great Leadership. As you imagined I didn’t expect the book to be based on 1 Corinthians 13 the love chapter but it is taken from this very passage.
Let me say Perry Noble did an excellent job of taking this chapter from the Bible and applying it to leadership. He points out that chapters 12 and 14 are to leaders so why would the author Paul stop in the middle of his instruction to leaders and give us a chapter for marriages.
So what I want to do is give a look at the attributes listed in this chapter of Corinthians so you can see that when looking at them through a leadership lens they are applicable.
1. Leaders are Patient
2. Leaders are Kind
3. Leaders Do Not Envy
4. Leaders Do Not Boast
5. Leaders are Not Proud
6. Leaders Does Not Dishonor Others
7. Leaders are Not Self-Seeking
8. Leaders are Not Easily Angered
9. Leaders Keeps No Record of Wrongs
10. Leaders Does Not Delight in Evil
11. Leaders Rejoices in the Truth
12. Leaders Always Protect
13. Leaders Always Trusts
14. Leaders Always Hopes
15. Leaders Always Perseveres
As you can see there are a lot of attributes when it comes to love but also if leaders applied these to their leadership what a difference it would make.
You see Christian leaders are first Christians so each one of these attributes should be a goal for our lives first and then part of our leadership.
Action Step: Choose one or two of these attributes to use in your leadership whether at home or the office but start with two and then incorporate others.