For me the Christian Bible is the primary source of information about what leadership is and how people should be led. Because of that I often quote from The Maxwell Leadership Bible as well as teaching theology on this blog.
A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of The New International Version (NIV) Leadership Bible.
I was intrigued by the idea of another Bible that provides commentary and insights for leaders about what the Bible says and what it means. And, at the same time grateful for another valuable resource to help leaders “lead by the book” as The NIV Leadership Bible states on the cover.
Here are some features of The NIV Leadership Bible and why you might find it valuable:
1. New International Version (NIV)
The NIV is said to be the best-selling Bible translation. Many people say that the NIV is easy to read while also maintaining a strong tie to the original Hebrew and Greek syntax. When looking at the sides of “dynamic” versus “literal” Bible translations, the NIV is near the middle. It is a mix of both types of translations.
2. Weekly Study System
I am very impressed with The NIV Leadership Bible‘s weekly study system. The study system provides a leadership theme related to the Scripture that will be read that week (according to the Bible reading plan that is laid out). The weekly study system has the reader read a section of Scripture and then spend the other four days of the week exploring the leadership topic in light of other passages of Scripture. And, each study week provides a Bible verse to memorize that is related to the theme. For example, week one of the study system is “long-range planning.” Based on that theme, Genesis 3:15 is read as well as various other Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments that help the reader explore the elements of long-range planning from a biblical point of view.
3. Character Profiles
Throughout The NIV Leadership Bible there are various “character profiles” listed. These are commentaries on the characters from a leadership perspective. I always appreciate reading these because they often make observations about the biblical characters in a way that helps me learn more about that person and his leadership style.
4. “Insights” Commentaries
The “insights” sections are small commentaries that the editors have provided to show readers the leadership skills being displayed (or lack thereof) in the biblical text. I enjoy these sections because I find them helpful when I am attempting to teach a passage of Scripture and need a “leader’s perspective” on the text.
5. Book Introductions from a Leader’s Perspective
The NIV Leadership Bible provides thorough Bible book introductions in addition to the normal introduction topics of who wrote the book, when it was written, why it was written, where the recipients were, etc. The NIV Leadership Bible goes in depth with a “Leadership Summary” of the book outlining:
- The leadership principles in that particular book.
- The people within in the book who were or were not leaders.
- The particular passages within the book that feature teachings on leadership.
Based on my perspective and experience this is a great resource for leaders who want to lead God’s way. It is a great gift and a valuable resource to anyone wants to “lead by the book.”
Question: What leadership lessons have you learned from reading the Bible?