Leaders of faith-based institutions share many things in common with for-profit business or not-for-profit leadership.Church-based leaders also carry a unique responsibility: the unsolicited responsibility of representing another dimension of human consciousness and experience-God and His kingdom.
Every age has had its own approach to the study and practice of leadership. For us as Christian leaders, our approach should begin with the Bible. The Word of God has more to offer on the subject of leadership than one would imagine. One way to focus on the biblical concept of leadership consists of studying the lives of its great men and women.
This article features a study on the leadership lessons we may glean from the life of Joseph. Together they form what we may call the Joseph factor. The Joseph factor will cluster seven essential leadership skills and engage them with today's research on leadership. First, however, we should lay out our assumptions regarding how Scripture will be handled in our study.