“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.”
There is a lot that has been said about leaders, but only one leader has a perfect nature that should be followed. When I talk about nature, I am talking about the makeup, temperament and character of an individual. When you read Isaiah 11, you will discover the nature of Jesus Christ. His nature shows a leader what kind of person they should be and how they should lead. Let me share with you several characteristics of the nature of Jesus Christ.
First, He didn’t look for other’s promotion. Verse 1 says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse…” Great leaders are not appointed, but great leaders rise up in the midst of hardship and lead. Jesus didn’t use His background as an excuse to stay in his situation, but He rose up and made something of His life in spite of His background. The nature of a great leader is that they don’t look for someone to give them position; rather, they rise from where they are to help others.
Second, growth was part of the nature of Christ. Verse 1 continues to say that Jesus “shall grow out of his roots:” Great leaders never stop growing. You will never be the leader you are supposed to be if you stop growing once you acquire leadership position. A leader has the responsibility to grow so they can help those whom they lead to grow. The nature of good leadership causes them to grow in grace, wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Third, Jesus didn’t allow feelings to guide His decisions. Verse 3 says, “…he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:” Certainly, a leader needs to be compassionate, but leaders must make principled decisions. The feeling-based leader will never be a stable leader and will always have frustrated followers. Every decision a leader makes influences not only the people they lead, but the people who are influenced by the people they lead. A good leader will have to take their feelings out of their decision-making so they can allow principles to guide them in what they should do. The leader who is a principled decision-maker will never regret following principles as long as those principles are scripturally based.
Fourth, Jesus was just in His dealings with people. Jesus based decisions on righteousness. What He did for one He did for all. A good leader treats everyone the same. Followers need a leader who does the same things all the time so that they have clear guidelines on how to follow. My friend, your followers should know your nature is to be the same all the time. There is nothing wrong with routine. You will find followers are more willing to follow the leader who does the same things all the time more than they will follow the person who is constantly changing.
Fifth, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Verse 2 says, “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him…” The greatest leader will allow the Holy Spirit to fill them instead of their spirit. You will be the leader you are supposed to be if you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit is what enables you to do things that in your nature you are not capable of doing. Are you filled with the Spirit? It is only the Spirit-filled leader who finds their nature to mimic the nature of Christ in their life and leadership style.