Archive | January 2015

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 31

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-25
Violence Achieves Nothing; Dialogue Achieves Everything
Moses desired to see his people free from Egyptian bondage but he acted out of anger and in violence. The result he got was completely different from the result he desired. His people were not set free rather they remained longer in bondage. He ceased to be a free man and became a fugitive in a strange land. Many years later, when he returned to Egypt to seek the release of his people, his approach was different, instead of violence, he resorted to dialogue. He eventually got what he wanted as Israel was set free after 430 years of slavery.
The lesson here is this; violence will usually bring you more trouble than you anticipated and will fail to deliver the desired result. Dialogue, not violence, should always be a first resort.
Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom to resolve my problems without resorting to violence.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 30

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-25
There is a Time to Lead
Moses had a vision; to see his people free from Egyptian bondage but he acted too fast and missed the timing. He murdered an Egyptian in cold blood and had to flee Egypt for forty years in a bid to save his life. The result is that his people remained in slavery longer than they should have, as their leader hid away from Pharaoh in the land of Midian. During this season their bondage increased and they cried out to God for help. Moses had tried to deliver them but he had only made matters worse.
The lesson here is this; there is a time to lead, there is a time for the fulfilment of every vision. If you step out at the wrong time you will get anything but the right result.
Prayer: Father, give me an understanding of the times and seasons in my leadership journey.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 29

Scripture Passage: Exodus 2:1-14
When You Try to Lead Expect Criticism
A leader should expect to be criticised, it comes with the leadership position. Moses grew up as an Egyptian but he knew who he really was and where he belonged. He did not like to see his people suffer and one day as he watched an Egyptian beat up an Israelite, anger rose up in him and he slew the Egyptian. The following day he saw two Israelites strive and tried to settle them but he was criticised for killing the Egyptian.
The lesson here is this; as a leader you will be criticised by the same people you try to help. Moses was criticised not by the Egyptians but by the same people he tried to help.
Prayer: Father, help me to learn how to handle criticism so that it does not destroy my vision.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 28

Scripture Passage: Exodus 1:1-22
A Good Leader Uses Influence A Bad Leader Uses Force
One major difference between good and bad leaders is that good leaders use influence and bad leaders use force. Pharaoh feared that the children of Israel would join Egypt’s enemies in fighting against Egypt if war broke out and flee the land and so he subdued the people by force making them serve with rigour. This is bad leadership. A good leader would have employed influence instead of force, he would have made the people love him and Egypt so much they would not have fought against Egypt or fled in war situation. He applied force and eventually the people fled Egypt and left it in ruins.
The lesson here is this; when a leader acts in fear instead of love he will employ force instead of influence and the consequences are always grave.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a good leader and to use influence instead of force.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 27

Scripture Passage: Exodus 1:1-22
A Bad Leader Disregards Great Leaders
Many years after Joseph died the Bible says that a Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph. I think that the Pharaoh must have known Joseph as he was a national hero in Egypt and remember that his bones were still in Egypt. I believe they would have been kept in a place befitting a man of his status. My thought is that this was the case of a leader who chose to disregard a great leader from the past albeit his achievements. He set out to deal cruelly with Joseph’s people and eventually he lost his place as leader and lost his son who would have succeeded him as leader.
The lesson here is this; if you seek to be a great leader then you must of necessity honour all great leaders even those from the past. What you sow you reap. If you give honour, you will receive honour.
Prayer: Father, help me to honour all great leaders past and present.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 26

Scripture Passage: Genesis 45:1-8
The Leader Sees the Big Picture
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and although he went through a season of great trials in a strange land, God finally exalted him and when he met his brothers again in Egypt, he did not reward them with evil for this wicked deed. He saw the big picture, that he was sent ahead of them into Egypt to preserve their lives from the famine.
The lesson here is this; unpleasant situations confront people from time to time but it takes a leader to see beyond the adversity to the blessing it carries. A leader will always see the big picture.
Prayer: Father, open my eyes to see the big picture and the blessing in every adversity.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 25

Scripture Passage: Genesis 44:1-35 and Genesis 45:1-11
The Leader Must Test the People Before He Empowers Them
Joseph had a bad experience with his brothers when they sold him into slavery. When he saw them again in Egypt, he did not reveal himself to them or invite them to partake of his affluence, until he had tested them and was certain they had turned a new leaf. If they had not changed for the better and Joseph embraced them without a test, it is certain he would have succeeded in inviting them to destroy him in Egypt.
The lesson here is this; as a leader, before you let anyone become a part of your vision, or promote them to a crucial position in your team or organisation, you must try them to ascertain their character.
Prayer: Father, give me wisdom to test everyone who will be a part of my vision.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 24

Scripture Passage: Genesis 43:1-14 and Genesis 45:9-28
When the Leader Takes a Risk He Gains What Was Lost
When Jacob took a risk and released his precious son, Benjamin to go down to Egypt with his brothers to buy food, little did he know that in return, he would not only get Benjamin back but he would also get back Simeon who had been detained in Egypt and Joseph whom he thought was dead.
The lesson here is this; the leader who is willing to take a risk to see his vision fulfilled will eventually find even that which he though was lost to him forever.
Prayer: Father, give me grace to trust in you and let go whatever is required per time for the realisation of my vision.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 23

Scripture Passage: Genesis 43:1-14
The Leader Must Be Willing to Take a Risk to See the Vision Fulfilled
God had promised Jacob greatness; He told Jacob that a nation, a company of nations and kings would proceed from him but in this chapter that vision is threatened by famine and Jacob’s lineage is about to die from hunger and become extinct unless he releases his precious son Benjamin to go down to Egypt with his brothers to buy food. Fortunately, Jacob acts in line with the vision and releases Benjamin to go with Judah.
The lesson here is this; if the vision will become a reality, the leader will sometimes be required to take a risk. When Jacob let Benjamin go he took a risk as he had no assurance he would return to him alive.
Prayer: Father, give me grace to trust in you and let go whatever is required per time for the realisation of my vision.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 22

Scripture Passage: Genesis 42:29-38
When the Leader has Broken Trust He will Likely Not Be Trusted Again
A leader must not break trust with those he leads as trust is crucial in leadership. If people do not trust a leader it is only a matter of time before they stop following him. A leader who has broken trust will find that it is almost impossible to secure the people’s trust again. Reuben broke trust when he slept with his father’s wife, and because he never admitted his wrong actions and made restitution, his father, Jacob, could not trust him again. When it was time to hand Jacob’s precious son, Benjamin to Reuben, Jacob refused. Eventually, he agreed to hand Benjamin to Judah, albeit Judah was not the first born (Genesis 43:8-13).
The lesson here is this; it is easier for a leader to maintain his integrity than to repair it once damaged.
Prayer: Father, give me grace to walk in integrity before all men and especially those I lead.