5 Inspiring Leadership Lessons From Biblical Characters

The Bible is full of stories of courageous men and women who faced great challenges and overcame them with faith and endurance.

In today’s world, where there is a lack of good leadership, there is so much we can learn from ordinary characters who made bold decisions that transformed them into Biblical giants.


We can look to the Bible whenever we need inspiration and determination as a leader.

Here are some wonderful leadership qualities we can learn from leaders in the Bible:

1. Noah: Leadership do the right thing even if others think they’re wrong

We read in Genesis 6, that God was sorry about the sinful state of mankind and wanted to wipe out humanity and start again from scratch.

He picked Noah to help Him do the job as he was the only one who was not sinful.

God tells him to build an ark that will save him, his family, and the animal life.

People laugh at him and mock him for building an ark when there was not a drop of rain falling from the skies.

But that did not stop him from completing the task God gave him to do.

2. Daniel: Leaders remain steadfast despite any threat of consequences

The story of Daniel in the lion’s den in Daniel 6, is a very familiar story for most of us.

Daniel had the favor of God on him which made others around him jealous.

His colleagues even convinced the king to bring out a decree saying that prayer can be made to no God.

But Daniel wasn’t afraid of man and continued praying and giving thanks to God.

His colleagues catch him praying to God and tell the king about it which results in Daniel being thrown into the den of lions.

But miraculously the next morning, the king finds Daniel alive and the lions had not harmed him.

It was Daniel’s faith in God that made him great and protected him.

He was a great leader who remained steadfast in his resolve and didn’t bother about the repercussion of it.

3. John the Baptist: A leader is not afraid to expose the hypocrites

John the Baptist was baptizing people and preaching about the coming of Jesus in Matthew 3.

That’s when he is met by a bunch of self-righteous religious people who want to be baptized as well.

He doesn’t mince words when he calls them “a brood of vipers.”

True leaders aren’t afraid to call a spade a spade. A true leader has to be brutally honest with all those he comes in contact with.

4. Jesus: A leader is a servant first

The image of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples in John 13 is a striking one.

He tells them after he finishes washing their feet, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Here it’s not only the washing of feet that Jesus is talking about, it is servant-leadership.

Great leaders have to serve those that are following them and wash their feet.

5. Peter: A leader puts his past failure behind him

Peter is one of the greatest and bold apostles in the Bible who did great exploits for the Lord.

But, he was not all that bold and even denied knowing Jesus three times while He was being crucified.

Jesus had already told Peter that he would deny him but Peter insisted he would never deny Jesus.

Peter is reminded about it when the rooster crowed three times and when he realized what he had done he weeps bitterly.

But in Acts 2, we see Peter getting filled with the Holy Spirit and giving his first sermon to thousands of people.

True leaders are not discouraged when they fail and get up and carry on.

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