23 For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
(2 Nephi 26:23-24)
I see three principles of effective leadership in these verses, as modeled by the Savior:
- Be as transparent as you can. The Savior “worketh not in darkness.” In contrast, the wicked build up “secret combinations” and hide their activities from others. Obviously, some matters are confidential, but a righteous leader will be as open and forthcoming as possible about the issues facing the organization and the rationale behind his or her decisions.
- Act unselfishly. The Savior did nothing “save it be for the benefit of the world.” He was motivated by love for His Father and by His love for us. Wicked leaders are “lifted up in the pride of their eyes” and consequently oppress those they lead. Righteous leaders follow the example of the Savior in serving those they lead and in being willing to make personal sacrifices on their behalf.
- Be inclusive. The Savior “commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.” Wicked leaders favor a small group of supporters at the expense of those outside of their immediate circle. Righteous leaders invite and encourage as many people as possible to participate and contribute to the success of the organization.