Peter Northouse book on Leadership: Theory and Practice is an amazing book on Leadership. After reading this book my head is spinning and I feel as if there is many different ways one can lead. Comparing to the Spiritual Gifts in 1st Corinthians 12 we can come to the conclusion that the most important spiritual gift that is needed, is the one that is needed at the time. Therefore there is not a perfect leadership course, as leaders we have to decide how to best lead in the situation we are faced with. Most of all, how is the Holy Spirit leading us.
Northouse takes his book to a high level and provides many examples through the years on leadership. We can see a common thread that leaders are to perform and perform well. Chapter 1 of the book serves as the main theme throughout the entire book. If you 0nly have time to read one chapter of this book, make sure it is chapter one. We can breakdown the main points of the book into these disciplines:
- Leadership is a process
- Leadership involves influence
- Leadership occurs in groups
- Leadership involves common goals
Each chapter of the book is built on a specific leadership model. However it is up to us as the leader to make sure and choose the correct model for application. This is why it is so important to apply what we learned in Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow.  This can be more difficult than it seems because not every situation is the same. Meaning there can be different people involved, different cultures or ethnicity at work. Or even different classes and financial backgrounds. Often, we just end up throwing as much money at a problem until it goes away.
Leadership from the Bible
1st Corinthians 11:1 “Imitate me as I also imitate Christ. As Christian leaders we are to be examples of Godly leaders that Paul puts before us in the Pastoral Epistles. From the Pastoral Epistles we see that character is very important and that the bible gives us clear expectations on a Godly leader. Not only do we have the characteristics expected, but we see from the Identity gifts in Romans 12.
In Ephesians 4 we have the ministry gifts, also known as the five-fold ministry gifts. From this list we have Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers. Depending on what ministry gift of the leader it can greatly influence the church or culture of that particular church. For example, a leader who is an evangelist is going to be driven by doing events, while a pastor anointing will want to meet and talk with people. A teacher anointing will want to have a Sunday school class for the church to make sure the congregation is growing in the Word.
The need, more than ever, is for healthy leaders to lead the way. During Covid, many people lost respect and hope in the current leadership and government. The problem is so many leaders have learned great skills and administration, however their character and moral attributes are lacking and need development. Or sometimes they are undisciplined and from the book of Proverbs called a sluggard. The opportunity is simple, for character growth to happen. James 1:2-4 states that we should be complete as leaders and lacking nothing. We can see that Northouse’s book on leadership lines up that leadership involves grace. Leadership is a process of maturing and making the right decision over and over. I want to stress the need of the six main points from Kahneman, which he calls the big idea that will help us in selecting the right decision.
- Understanding System 1 & 2
- Understanding Anchoring
- Understanding the Science of Availability
- Understanding the Loss of Aversion
- Understanding Framing
- Understanding Sunk Cost Fallacy
Northouse’s book on Leadership; Theory and Practice is very sound and insightful. It is a wealth of knowledge ready for us to apply in our leadership. Wisdom is when we take knowledge and apply it to a situation or problem with success. This is why experience and wisdom is sought out in the world today. In a world of quick fixes a steady hand at the wheel is often what the world needs. Often in a storm or panic, everyone is trying to grab the wheel for control, when often we just need to ride out a storm and keep our current heading.
 Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice 5th ed. 2010.
 Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 2, 2013).