“Joshua Study – Five Qualities of Strong Leadership “
As Joshua prepared to lead more than two million Israelites into the Promised Land, he commanded everyone to pause in the midst of the excitement so that he could deliver this very important exhortation: “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.” The next morning, Joshua approached the priests and said, “Lift up the Ark of Covenant and lead the people across the river.”
These two statements reveal that, in order to successfully execute God’s plan, Joshua knew that he and his entire team had to embrace two key concepts. First, they needed to purify themselves before the Almighty. Joshua had learned the wisdom of depending on God for success. Because sin can prevent us from hearing God’s voice, Joshua made an ongoing choice to repent of sin and admonished his team to do the same.
Secondly, Joshua and the Israelites had to fix their hope and focus upon the Lord as their Ultimate Leader. In humility, Joshua understood the importance of having the Ark of the Covenant lead the people. It was a visual reminder that God was going ahead of them and leading His people through the unknown across the Jordan River. Joshua chose God as his leader, and therefore the people followed his example.
Below are five qualities of strong leadership that we can all prayerfully adopt as we shepherd flocks in ministry and/or the workplace.
1 Joshua led his team by example. He did not ask the Israelites to do anything that he was not already doing himself.
2 Joshua held his team accountable for their choices by exhorting them to purify themselves before the Lord. He knew the value of repentance.
3 Joshua spent time seeking God’s will before he crafted any plans. He trusted God rather than himself.
4 Joshua obeyed God. In humility, Joshua received God’s instruction as truth and followed it.
5 Joshua knew and studied God’s word. He feared God and valued truth over man’s opinion.
And here’s the promise God gave to Joshua because of his choices,
“Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.” Joshua 3:7