What does the Bible teach us about leadership, anger and over reacting?

Recently, I have dealt with a few situations that warranted justified anger. I grappled with myself as the anger was in danger of boiling up, out, and over. Everyone can feel anger, but how you react to that feeling displays your character.

A person who rules their spirit demonstrates self-control, and I felt lacking. I know God sends people to test us, but I wasn't doing too well passing this test. I cried with tears of frustration as I wrestled with my thoughts.

Without being too hard on myself, I know I'm imperfect and make mistakes. God asks us to be authentic; he knows our hearts and dark thoughts. Living your highest potential is simply owning and taking responsibility for your imperfections. 

What Does The Bible Say?

James 1:19-20. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
John 13:12-15 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Can you effectively manage your emotions and exercise self-control, especially when confronted with situations where you feel wronged, or others are behaving with poor standards?  

The experience of anger in response to injustices is understandable, but navigating and overcoming emotions is essential for maintaining mental well-being and positive relationships, even more so if you are in a position of leadership.

How can a good leader cultivate respect in an organization if their management style is like an angry dictatorship? The “Do as I say types, but not as I do.”  

Dictator types often get results, but their environment is ruled by fear. Staff turnover will likely be high, and the environment cultivates a workforce that is only there for the paycheck and not much more. 

Regular study of the Bible can offer valuable insights into achieving inner peace which in turn strengthens one’s leadership qualities. As one delves deeper into its teachings, spiritual gems become more apparent, and a transformative effect begins to occur, leading to a greater sense of tranquility within. A person of faith continuously strives to transcend above anger, whilst acknowledging the imperfections of the world, including themselves, with acceptance.

Peace means not reacting right away. It understands that giving too much energy and attention to a bad situation can worsen it. 

Does this mean you have to accept poor behavior? No, not at all. You're encouraged to be peaceful and recognize that the world and people are not perfect.

Tips for leaders 

  1. Leaders or managers will quickly lose respect if they fail to lead by example. Leaders can be respected by openly sharing their good qualities. A higher authority will never command respect without treating others with the utmost courtesy.
  2. Great leaders are caring individuals who lead their flock from the front. It is paramount within an organization that high standards are adhered to, but how do you handle someone who falls short of your standard? Be prepared to show the individual the standard you require of them. Monitor progress, praise frequently, criticize in an encouraging way, followed by praise, and be willing to be flexible. Be an encouraging guide, and respect that people often develop and learn in their own style.
  3. Should someone within your organization continually disrespect the standards required, and one has tried every measure to resolve the issues, then respectfully consider releasing the individual concerned. This helps to maintain high standards, and serves as a gentle reminder that there are boundaries and rules to adhere to for the well-being and benefit of all within the organization. 
  4. People will be looking at you far more than you realize. Not all working relationships are easy, but we can all be the peace and change we want to see externally, within ourselves. 
  5. Keep an air of mystery, and a firm line between your personal and professional life. 
  6. Some people will disappoint you.

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