A lot has been written already on leadership and many mindsets on the topic abound in management and philosophical theories. The Bible does have its perspective on leadership practices and in many examples we observe that God finds, chooses, selects, prepares and trains His leaders for pivotal roles in business, ministry and politics. Leadership in the Bible is neither accidental nor self-initiated. It also not based on self effort or declared intent or strong resolve. God chooses His leaders often using the foolish to confound the wise. Still, the unprepared cannot lead nor can the sluggard escape a destiny of begging in harvest. This post begins a series of articles dedicated to leadership from a Bible perspective and what the word of God says on the topic using, among others, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and Daniel as case examples.
Jesus Christ was prophesied to come as a leader and commander. In Isaiah 55 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
In John 4 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. …  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Jesus had a different diet. God’s leaders are on specific assignments to execute God’s blueprint in a time-based realm. God’s plan is a vast mosaic of complex circumstances that can only amaze and baffle most of us. Like DNA, the hereditary material in humans under the most powerful microscope we are lost in wonder… but the trained and prepared eye of the leader sees the patterns and what they mean. Obedience comes easy with revelation of divine assignment that most lack.
Daniel and the three Hebrew boys emerged as leaders in Babylon Daniel 2 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.  Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
In Daniel 1 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
Daniel and the team of future leaders were fed with vegetables. The word that nourishes leaders is often different in its demands and exactitude from those who will be led. Like Moses in the wilderness, the training and experience curriculum of leaders will be tougher, distinct from others and will separate, as they say, men from the boys. Where the way is narrow, the way of leaders is even narrower. The standard fare of entertainment, pleasure and idle chatter will be far from God’s leaders. Others may but leaders cannot.
John the Baptist was described as the greatest of all leaders before Christ…Matthew 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…
John the Baptist’s meat was even more peculiar. Matthew 3  And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
The one chosen to lead the way for Christ, John the Baptist, who would also minister boldly to correct the lavish and unmentionable escapades of King Herod, fed on locusts. Locusts are devourers – a predatory nuisance in most cases but for John the instrument of the devourer was only food to sustain Him. In like manner for Elijah, the raven, a scavenger, became an obedient carrier of nourishment for the man God had chosen to ravage the priesthood of Baal. God’s leaders will survive and be nourished in the most hostile and arid environments. Joseph was weaned for years on the menu of servants and prisoners. Humility – a vital trait for the leader – is often grown in the laboratory of simplest diets and limiting circumstances.
The diet of God’s leaders has always been somewhat peculiar – those who grow eating what others eat be it spiritually, physically or mentally will be hampered to lead others. Saul ate so much with the people until he dropped his divine assignment for the people’s mandate
I Samuel 15 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
As Christians, we are all leaders in Christ Jesus. It is more than being an example for others to follow as indeed we must. But in addition staying ahead and apart from the pack to be able to lead. Be encouraged as God sets you apart for His purpose in business enterprise, ministry and in politics. Wait on Him.
God bless you.