What is leadership?  And what is it to collaborate?

What is Leadership?  

Difference between leading and managing - it is possible that one can manage a situation  / people but not lead anyone

The optimum leadership style is where both leading and managing occur successfully and where success means that the team as a whole grows in its leadership and  management both individually and severally  - together - and particularly where the sense of belonging and team identity are core elements of the success ''bottom  lines''. 

What is it to Collaborate?
Collaboration  - The  -meaning

the act or process of collaborating.
a product resulting from collaboration:

Related Words for collaboration
concert, combination, partnership, collusion, teamwork, participation, association, alliance, fraternization

To optimize our collaboration we need to use all our faculties, physical, emotional, intellectual , spiritual, - fruit of the Spirit  - what is our Spirit ?

Collaborative leadership does not mean lots of rulers are a good idea :

Proverbs 28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

No free zone  - a healthy, collaborative culture encourages all team members to feel welcome to contribute their ideas and equally all team members also grow to still feel they belong when their idea is not taken up or needs to be amended.  In meaningful collaboration team members need to grow in their willingness to make themselves vulnerable and grow in their emotional maturity .  A great indicator of emotional maturity and champion level collaboration is where team members enthusiastically put forward their ideas for consideration in public, in front of the team free of any sense of insecurity and the need to have their ideas discussed in private. 

Even a seemingly bad idea can be a catalyst for the best song.   Romans 9:21, God is the Potter, we are the clay.  Even God in His dealings with mankind didn't get His final desired outcome from the first moulding of the clay.


God collaborated to bring creation into being:
The Father - Gen 1:1
James 1: 17
The Son: John 1 :1-11
The Holy Spirit:  Gen 1:2

God collaborated to form mankind
Gen 1:26 “Let us make man in our image”

Other biblical factors in Gods collaborative expression
including His interaction with humanity and particularly His delegated leadership to the Church / human government.

- God spoke- prophesied things into being/ called that which was not as though it were
Romans 4:17 Gen 1:3, 5, 9, 11, 14, 15, 20, 24
- God engaged in prayerful dialogue with Himself, his leaders, His people
John 5: 19  ..for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise".
- Jesus gave thanks  -  
Matt 15:36,   "And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude".   
Matt 26: 27 "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it"  
Mark 14:23  "And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it."
-  Jesus prayed the Father to send the Holy Spirit
John 14: 16 and 26:  "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever"
- Jesus asked the father for a way out from the Cross
Luke 22: 42  "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
- Jesus committed His Spirit into His Father's hands
Luke 23:46  " And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."
- Jesus came as the Chief Apostle  to represent the Father's love in person to the world
John 3: 16  " For God so loved the world..."
Heb 3: 1  " Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus"
Jesus ever lives to make intercession
Hebrews 7: 25   "  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them".
The Father pours out His Spirit on all flesh
Acts 2: 17  "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams"
Romans 13 1: -  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Matthew 28: 18 - 20 
Ephesians 4: 11-13
Proverbs 75: 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Proverbs 21: 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.


Live out humility and drive out pride
Proverbs 13;10  "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom"

Humility  -
Dictionary meaning - Handy Link :
Clemency - handy link:
Strongs handy link:  Humility  - meekness

1 Peter 5: 5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

James 4:10 ' Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1 Peter 5: 6 'Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time

2 Samuel 6: 22 (NKJV)  'And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” 

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the  exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 hat at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11  And that every tongue  should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the . Collaboration can enhance our teamwork, listening, learning, confidence, competence, Productivity, fruitfulness, profitability, impact, friendliness, patience, longsuffering, joy, love, peace, gentleness, patience, self-control All of these flow out of humility. 

If we don't humble ourselves we are likely to be humiliated.   
Daniel 4:33 ; That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.

Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

False Humility  - Over Sincerity
Col 2:18 - 23
 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19; And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God. 20; Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 - Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Matthew 16:22-23 -  Peter was over sincere
”Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

Biblical examples of pride 
Ezekiel 28
Isaiah 14 :
- 2 classic examples of Satan's prideful heart
Herod eaten by worms
Nebuchadnezzar becoming a beast eating grass for 7 years
3 john 1: 9  " I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not".
Proverbs 6  - Pride is one of the things God HATES


King David and the census - 2 Samuel 24
King Saul 
Judges 21:25  - every man did what was right in his own eyes 
Moses Numbers 20:11 - when he struck the Rock instead of speaking to it the second time 
Peter when he slipped back into living by the law - Galatians 2:11-21
1 Corinthians 1 - 4  - leadership where a carnal culture developed where rather than seeing the leaders working in collaboration they were seeing them as in competition.  - "I am of Cephas, I am of Christ.

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