While Christian leaders still express negativity in their leadership, faith-based leaders tend to have a more positive leadership mindset than those who don’t express belief in a higher power. This doesn’t mean Christian leaders don’t struggle with negative thoughts. However, when they do, they can flip it to a positive mindset more easily than someone who lacks belief.
Faith has been a crucial component in my leadership. From the leaders I interact with to the reasons I lead, faith is central to it all.
It’s also one of the reasons I keep a positive mindset. I want you to be able to maintain a positive leadership mindset as well.
In this article, we will look at the role of faith in maintaining a positive leadership mindset.
The Role Of Faith In Maintaining A Positive Leadership Mindset
When faith plays a vital part in your life and leadership, certain things begin to happen. Faith gives us direction, purpose, resilience, and optimism. All of these are required to lead well and stay positive.
Faith gives leaders resilience:
There’s even research that shows leaders who have a faith background are more resilient. Kenneth I. Pargament and Jeremy Cummings studied leaders and discovered that religious and spiritual beliefs tend to promote resilience in the face of adversity.
Faith encourages servant leadership:
Jesus is the prime example of a servant leader. He left His throne in Heaven to come to Earth to live as a human. He experienced all kinds of difficulties and trials. Still, He remained steadfast and resolute in His mission.
As a Christian leader, you are more apt to be a servant leader. You understand that leadership isn’t about you. Leadership is all about the people you serve.
A servant leader sees the needs of their followers. They then put together an action plan to tackle those needs so their team members can be successful.
Faith gives leaders great ethical decision-making:
Faith is a guardrail for leaders. They know what they’re supposed to do. They also know what they’re not supposed to do.
They use their faith as a guardrail in making critical ethical decisions. They are able to weigh their decisions with what their faith says. They reexamine their choices if their decisions don’t align with their Biblical belief.
Faith-based leaders are more apt to prioritize integrity, justice, and compassion in their decision-making. Let your faith be a guide for you.
Faith encourages humble leadership:
When Christian leaders truly live out their faith, they take the Bible seriously. Scripture even tells us to humble ourselves. Just take a look at 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Are you walking in humility? Are you learning to think about yourself less and others more (not thinking you’re less than others)?
Our mindset should be one of humility. That we’ve been blessed to help others grow. And we do that through serving others.
The Positive Mindset
All of these things and more lead to a more positive mindset for Christian leaders. They are able to see problems with an eternal view. This gives Christian leaders the ability to process situations with a clearer picture.
Let your faith guide you to a more positive mindset. When you are more resilient, a servant leader, making ethical decisions, and being humble, your mindset shifts from a focus on your desires to an eternal destination. This leads you to have a more positive mindset.