About Led by the Book


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works  – 2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 [emphasis mine]

Welcome to Led by the Book – a blog dedicated to leadership based on the Bible.

After accepting my first leadership role a few years ago, I devoured several leadership books, mining bits and pieces of truth to apply to my arsenal of skills. These books were informative and exciting to read, but it did not take long for me to notice an interesting pattern: Many of the advice and truths that these books were expounding upon came directly from the scriptures. However, the authors did not always make that fact apparent. Concepts such as servant leadership and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, are truths that I saw in scripture, which provide all that we need for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).


 Why go to a middleman when I can go directly to the source? It was the apostle Paul who said to Timothy, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3: 16, 17). I wanted to see what God himself had to say on leadership. How do I handle a difficult conversation with a team member or direct report? How do I coach or mentor someone who is not performing to the level of my expectations? How do I terminate someone?

The Bible provides clear instructions on all these questions and more.

I’m excited to share some of what I’ve learned with you here. There are a number of leadership thinkers that I admire, and I will, on occasion, site these men’s work here at Led by the Book; however, my goal is to ultimately relate the various topics on leadership back to the Bible, the ultimate source. With that, I invite you on a journey with me, to learn and to discover.

Let’s be Led by the Book, in order to lead by the book.  

  – John

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