Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory;
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
I recently finished a book titled Leadership and Self-Deception (getting out of the box) from The Arbinger Institute. It was published by Berrett Koehler.
This is the first book on leadership that I’ve ever read. Seeing as how I’ve been a supervisor for two years, and have over 30 years of experience in my field, I thought it would be a good idea. The book wasn’t written in a real self-help style, but it is told in the first person perspective as an fictional autobiography. I thought it was a very well presented, easy read.
Why was it necessary for me to read this? Philippians 2:3 is one of my most favorite verses in the Bible. That, and the verses which follow, tell us how we are to live and interact with one another. It’s pretty much all covered there.
Did I really need a 200 page book to explain the importance of these principles to me?
Maybe. Looking back, I can see there are times that I was really “In the Box.” (hint, hint – READ THE BOOK!)
There are various forms of leadership, and many levels. You may not think that you are in a leadership position. If that were true, you would certainly be the rare exception. Work, family, friends, church, community organizations, block parties . . . you name it, virtually everyone there takes some form of leadership. You just may not be conscious of it.
Give it a little thought.
Who do you influence? Who looks to you for guidance or counsel? What are your responsibilities? What are your obligations? What are you opportunities? Over who or what do you have authority? Are you a father, mother, sibling, aunt, uncle, or cousin?
Somewhere, somehow, YOU ARE A LEADER. Probably in more than one regard and respect.
Many people go to church to learn. To hear what the pastor or Bible teacher has to say about passages or concepts found in the Bible.
Even though the Bible is written very plainly, as it was, for the most part, written by plain men, many find grasping the most simple principles taught therein difficult to understand. Or, at other times, things are just not as apparent as they are to others people. Thousands of books and videos can be found to clear these things up for you, or give you a different viewpoint from which you can learn a great deal.
I’m not saying that it’s bad to read books on leadership, parenting, salesmanship, and so on. A lot can be gained from them. Or from seminars, webinars, classes, videos, and so on.
The next two books I plan on reading are The Anatomy of Peace, also from Arbinger, and Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. What I think is important, however, is to make sure that what you get out of them is Biblically sound.
I also think that it is a good opportunity to launch a Bible study on those topics.
You’ll probably find out that you will discover a lot more than you’ve already learned.