The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible


Bible Character: Deborah                                                                             

Deborah was a Prophetess and the fourth Judge of Israel before the onset of the monarchy system.  Women during this time period were not generally considered for leadership positions.  How effective must Deborah have been to become the leader of Israel?


She is the only female judge mentioned in the bible.

She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.   Judges 4:5 NIV

One can only assume that a characteristic of a great judge is the ability to listen and use that information to make wise decisions.


Deborah developed the war strategy for a counterattack against Canaan.  Both King Jabin and the military leader Sisera were defeated in the attack.

Strategic planning is one of the greatest contributions a leader can make to an organization.  Developing the right plan with a good strategy to implement it can automatically help an organization rise to a higher level.


Deborah was secure with herself and made other people feel confident.  Great leadership starts with knowing who you are and having personal certainty.  That certitude can help other people feel the same about themselves.  Positive self-identities will lead to greater overall contributions from the staff.

In the above referenced battle against Canaan Deborah summoned Barak, son of Abinoam, and gave him the battle instructions.  He was afraid to go into the battle without the security of Deborah going alongside him, so she agreed to go into the battle with him. 

“I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman.” Judges 4:3


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