Throw new leaders into the lair


Leadership Principle #54: Tested, battle-weary leaders are the ones people follow. "[T]hey must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons." - 1 Ti 3:10 In 1755, during the French and Indian War, George...


Lead like a Pauline hybrid

Leadership Principle #53:  The hybrid leader diagnoses a situation, discerns the required leadership style, and applies it to the best of his or her ability. “Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.” – 2 Th 2:15 In ...
June 06, 2014   Tom Harper

Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

Leadership Principle #51:  Don’t idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it.“I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.”  – Col 2:4Have you ever read a leadership bestseller, ...
April 17, 2014   Tom Harper

Build leaders who build leaders

Leadership Principle #50:  Before hiring a star no one knows, look for people already on board who have a reputation for helping others succeed. “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”  – Php 2:3Looking for the next star performer to ...
March 27, 2014   Tom Harper

Soak your shield before battle

Leadership Principle #49:  Plan your responses to disasters and crime before they happen.     “In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – Eph 6:16What are the uncontrollable threats to your organization? Have you ...
February 26, 2014   Tom Harper

Christian CEOs: Don’t settle for giving money

Leadership Principle #48:  The best kind of corporate giving is when it’s part of your strategic model and not simply an investment in positive PR.    “They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.”  – Gal. 2:10In 1789, young William Wilberforce forfeited ...
February 03, 2014   Tom Harper

When problems multiply, steal and pluck

Leadership Principle #47:  When vast operational problems threaten to sink the ship, the leader must force people to help each other and ruthlessly remove inefficiencies. “[A]t the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, that there may ...
January 09, 2014   Tom Harper

Make big decisions using strategic foolishness

Leadership Principle #46:  Because our decisions are marred by subjectivity, and we can’t know all the facts, we shouldn’t be afraid of looking foolish by following gut instinct.“Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the ...
December 11, 2013   Tom Harper

Help the competition

Leadership Principle #45:  Partnering with competitors in the short term is the simplest way to win in the long term.“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.”  – ...
November 25, 2013   Tom Harper

Build energy before growth

Leadership Principle #44:  The first step toward organizational growth is to build energy in a team of deeply connected people.“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in ...
November 11, 2013   Tom Harper

4 ways pushing always comes to shove

Leadership means having to move large groups of inanimate objects (people, institutions) forward. As a leader you’re always a pusher but you have to remember when pushing, somebody’s going to push back!  There are essentially four approaches: The fast approach  Some leaders believe it is incumbent upon them to move ...
October 09, 2013   Doug Lawrence

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While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of business success.