One very helpful “guard rail” to keep leaders in the right leadership attitude is to maintain an attitude that loves to be held accountable. When a leader is open to being held accountable to his responsibilities, it disarms the devil. Loving accountability takes the hot air out of the pride balloon that lifts a leader up in his own heart. The rock of humility is a safe and powerful foundation for leadership to stand upon.
Accountability means the pastor intentionally denies the honor of his position in order to hold himself accountable to his lifestyle, teaching and care for those he has been called to serve. Loving accountability means a leader invites people —any person — to hold him accountable to do his responsibilities. God wisely put the church leaders’s responsibilities in the Bible for everyone to see and read. Solomon considered the task of being king, saw himself as the servant of God’s people and concluded that he was a debutante. This in turn brought him to the conclusion that he needed wisdom; not strength, money or long life.
Solomon had God’s leadership focus
1Kings 3:7 —And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 1Kings 3:8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 1Kings 3:9—Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
Rather than focus on his position and power as the king of Israel, Solomon focused on the great responsibility he was given as a leader of God’s people. This focus on responsibility pulled him down to a place of humility where he asked for divine resources. Jesus reiterated Solomon’s words when He told his disciples that the greatest among them will be as a servant and a child.
Luke 22:26—…he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Solomon’s joy to serve the Lord translated into a kingdom with joyful servants. Solomon reigned among God’s people, not above them. A kingdom ruled by wisdom is a kingdom where the leaders don’t assume they know everything. They are open to everyone for correction, feedback and advice. This gives the people a sense of value, ownership and importance because they are part of the leading process — the most important part. Here are some of Solomon’s thoughts on the matter of leaders being corrected.
Proverbs 9:8—Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Proverbs 13:1—A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Ecclesiastes 4:13—Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.