Esther Week 10 Sermon Notes: 3 Marks of Great Leadership
Text: Esther 8:1-17
All of us are leaders. Leadership is influence. We all face leadership challenges.
Mark #1: When a great leader faces a test, they respond with selfless courage. (v. 1-6)
Fear is you being a false-prophet.
A fear-based posture always leads to sin-filled choices.
Mark #2: When a great leader is given authority, they exercise wise discretion. (v. 7-14)
Authority doesn’t forge character, it reveals it. How is your character?
Mark #3: When a great leader is promoted to power, they respond with gracious humility. (vs. 15-17)
4 Levels of Leadership:
Power… Fear you
Position… Forced to
Performance… Respect what you’ve done
Personhood… Respect who you are
The most important quality of a leader is integrity.
Your greatest leadership challenge is you.
Leadership is the vision to see and the courage to make the wise decision.
4 Fruits of Great Leadership:
People are protected
People are elevated
People are invigorated
People are unleashed
You will never be a leader worth following unless you learn to lead yourself. Nothing says more about you as a leader than how you lead yourself.
- What was your biggest takeaway/highlight from last Sunday’s sermon?
- The first mark of a great leader is selfless courage in the face of a test. Where are you being tested? How are you responding to that testing?
- Fear is you being a false-prophet in your own life. Where are you currently acting in fear? What are practical ways you can employ obedience and faith to combat this fear?
- The second mark of a great leader is they exercise wise discretion when given authority. Authority doesn’t forge character, it reveals it. How is your character? Does your life demonstrate wise discretion?
- The third mark of a good leader is they respond with gracious humility when promoted to power. When was your last promotion? How did you respond?
- Of the 4 levels of leadership, power, position, performance, and personhood, where do you tend to lead from in your own spheres of influence? What are practical ways you can continue to develop into a personhood leader?
- The most important quality of a leader is integrity. Where in your life are you succeeding with integrity and where in your life could you grow in it? Why do you think integrity is such a vital part of leadership?
- Since your greatest leadership challenge you face is yourself, what is your plan this summer to lead yourself well? What’s your next step?
- Jesus is our perfect example of great leadership. How can we learn from and be invigorated by his leadership? What are practical ways your life and your leadership can become more like Christ’s?