Nehemiah's Leadership Analysis

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Nehemiah 8:10 reads, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah was one of many of the Bible’s great leaders, but his strength to lead did not come from himself but rather from God above. Nehemiah rightly understood that he could not do it on his own. Instead, with God working through him, Nehemiah was able to guide the Israelites in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. In the following essay, Nehemiah’s biblical leadership, his perseverance, and its practical application for our lives will be addressed. Behind every great leader is a powerful vision with a purpose rooted in that vision. For example, Martin Luther King Jr.’s purpose was to end discrimination which was rooted in his vision of racial equality. Likewise, Nehemiah’s …show more content…
The first biblical quality he displayed in his leadership style was righteousness. Nehemiah strived to do everything in accordance with God’s will. Whether it be instructing the rich to stop oppressing the poor or making sure that the Israelites kept the Sabbath holy, Nehemiah always lead for God and not for himself. Nehemiah’s display of leading for God and not himself shows us another one of his biblical qualities: servant leadership. Throughout the book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah was side by side with other workers rebuilding Jerusalem and not taking the food allowance that the governor was entitled to. These acts show that Nehemiah did not think of himself as above his servants, but rather desired to work by their side in service to God. Beyond that, Nehemiah displayed consistency in his leadership style. In the same way that God is always consistent and never changing, Nehemiah stuck to his Godly values and did not allow himself to be deterred by outside forces or the increasing wickedness of the Israelites in his absence. Nehemiah was the same leader from beginning to …show more content…
In the book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah displays strong relational skills through his relationship with God, the leaders, and the people. Most importantly, and a theme throughout this paper, is Nehemiah’s relationship with God. Nehemiah had a strong relationship with God in the way that he was always seeking God and depending upon him. God was the driving force behind his life and behind his leadership. Concerning the leaders, Nehemiah held an observant, sometimes rocky, relationship. Nehemiah made sure to maintain a close eye on the leaders and nobles. He did this to keep them accountable because he knew that they had a large influence on the rest of the people. If the leaders were wicked, the town suffered, but if the leaders were righteous, the town thrived. While Nehemiah attempted to teach the leaders and nobles how to govern the people righteously, some of them aligned themselves with Tobiah who opposed the reconstruction of Jerusalem. Regarding the people, Nehemiah did a masterful job of creating relationships with them. It is important to remember that Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem to rebuild it. This is important because it meant that Nehemiah would have had to create close relationships with all the people, his soon-to-be workers, so that he could convince them to work for his cause. Throughout the book, Nehemiah does not abandon his relationship with the common

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