Archive | April 2015

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 113

Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-21
Leaders Act Without Delay
After Rahab negotiated the deliverance of her entire household from the impending doom, the spies gave her a simple instruction as they departed. They said, “Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by.” The purpose was for easy identification of Rahab’s house when Israel invaded Jericho. Rahab wasted no time carrying out this instruction. The Bible says, “And she sent them away, and they departed; and she bound the scarlet line in the window.”
The lesson here is this; leaders act without delay. They do not procrastinate. Once they decide to do a thing they do it. They seldom leave until tomorrow what can be accomplished today. Leaders leave nothing for the last minute.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to take action without delay.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 112

Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-13
Great Leaders are Great Negotiators
Rahab lodged the spies sent to view Jericho in her house and when the king asked her to bring them forth, she hid them and told the king that they had already departed from the city. Having spared their lives, she entered into a negotiation with them for the deliverance of her entire family. It was a win-win situation for all. She spared the lives of the spies and they in turn spared her life and the lives of her family members.
The lesson here is this; great leaders are also great negotiators. They know how to dialogue with the aim of reaching an agreement that will favour all parties concerned. This is exactly what Rahab did.
Prayer: Father, teach me to negotiate agreements that will favour all concerned.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 111

Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1-13
Leaders are Quick to See and Seize Opportunities
When Joshua sent two men to spy out the land of Jericho, they entered into the house of a harlot named Rahab and lodged there. When the king of Jericho asked her to bring forth the men she mislead him into thinking they had already departed and she hid both men in the roof of the house. This was a dangerous situation but Rahab saw in it an opportunity to negotiate with the spies the deliverance of her entire family and she seized it. When the children of Israel returned to destroy Jericho, Rahab and all that belonged to her were spared.
The lesson here is this; leaders are quick to see and seize opportunities. Where others see problems, leaders see opportunities, and when they see them they seize them. Rahab saw an opportunity when the spies lodged in her house and she seized it to the saving of her entire household.
Prayer: Father, help me to see and seize the opportunities in every situation.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 110

Scripture Passage: Joshua 2:1;23
Wise Leaders Learn from the Mistakes of their Predecessors
Moses sent twelve spies to view Canaan. They returned to Moses and the entire congregation. The negative report of ten of the twelve spies planted fear in the hearts of the people and chaos arose in the camp. When Joshua sent out two men to spy out the land of Jericho, the Bible says, “So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them.” They returned to Joshua; not Joshua and the congregation. Obviously, Joshua had learnt from Moses’ mistake.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. While others criticise leaders for their mistakes, wise leaders learn from the same. Therefore, they never repeat the mistakes made by those before them. They walk in their predecessors’ foot prints but are wise enough to avoid the ditches.
Prayer: Father, help me to learn from the mistakes of my predecessors.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 109

Scripture Passage: Joshua 1:8
Leaders Succeed When They Know What to Do and Do What They Know
God’s instruction to Joshua was, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” In other words, Joshua was to know the book of the law so that he could do what was written in it. The result of which would be a good success.
The lesson here is this; leaders succeed because they know what to do and they do what they know. A leader who knows but does not do will fail as will a leader who acts but without knowledge. However, when a leader knows what to do and does it, success is guaranteed. It has been said that wisdom is knowing what to do and doing it.
Prayer: Father, help me to know what to do and to do what I know.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 108

Scripture Passage: Joshua 1:8
A Leader’s Words Must Be Consistent With the Law
When God said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,” He was simply saying that as Israel’s leader, Joshua was to speak in line with the law at all times.
The lesson here is this; a leader’s words must be consistent with the laws that govern those he leads. Leaders must ensure congruence per time between what they say and the constitution of their nation, or the vision and mission statements and or policies of their organisation.
Prayer: Father, help me to speak in line with the law.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 107

Scripture Passage: Joshua 1:8
The Leader is Not Above the Law
God said to Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein.” In other words, Joshua was to do all that was written in the law. As Israel’s leader he was not to keep some of the law but all of the law.
The lesson here is this; the leader is not above the law. He is equal with everyone else under the law. Leaders who fail to keep the law because they think it is not for them soon find that they are leading a lawless people because the people become like the leader. The leader therefore must set a good example by obeying the law.
Prayer: Father, make me a good example to those I lead.