Archive | April 2015

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.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 106

Scripture Passage: Joshua 1:7, 9 & 18
Leaders Require Strength and Courage
One of the first things God told Joshua as he took over the leadership of Israel from Moses was, “Be strong and of a good courage.” God did not stop there, He repeated, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage.” Then the people themselves said to Joshua, “Only be strong and of a good courage.”
The lesson here is this; leaders require strength and courage. And no leader can fulfil his vision without strength and courage. The word strong means able to withstand force or pressure. The word courageous means to be brave and undeterred by danger or pain. Leaders need strength to withstand the pressures that come with leading and courage not to quit even in the face of danger.
Prayer: Father, release upon me strength and courage.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 105

Scripture Passage: Deuteronomy 34:5-9
Those Who Can Do Little Things Will Eventually Be Asked to Do Great Things
Moses went up the mountain to view the land that God had promised to give the children of Israel. He did not come down from the mountain. He died there and Joshua, the young man who had been Moses’ faithful servant for many years, took over the mantle of leadership. The Bible says, “And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him.”
The lesson here is this; those who can do little things will eventually be asked to do great things. Those who are able to follow faithfully will eventually be asked to lead. Sowing the seed of faithful service (and not the seed of rebellion) in the life of another leader is one way to become a great leader.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to serve the leaders you have placed in my life.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 104

Scripture Passage: Deuteronomy 33:1-30
A Good Leader Uses Positive Words
As Moses approached the day that he would die, he began to speak a blessing over the children of Israel. He knew that the words of a leader carry power so with his words he reversed the negative situations facing the children of Israel. He began with Reuben and said, “Let Reuben live and not die; and let not his men be few.” Reuben had initially been cursed by his father, Jacob, but Moses spoke words that reversed the effect of that curse.
The lesson here is this; a good leader uses positive words. He uses words that build up people and not words that break them down. He understands that the words of a leader carry power therefore he chooses to use words to empower those he leads. His words inspire and motivate those he leads. His words give hope.
Prayer: Father, help me to use words that build up those I lead.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 103

Scripture Passage: Numbers 27:18-21
A Leader’s Words Carry Power
With regards to the hand over between Moses and Joshua, God said concerning Joshua, “And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the Lord: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.” Take note of the phrase, “at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in.”
The lesson here is this; the words of a leader carry power. The Bible says that where the word of a king is there is power. Every word that proceeds from the mouth of a leader is backed by authority. The words of a leader also give direction. A leader’s words can make or break those he leads. Therefore, leaders must not be given to too many words and leaders must learn to choose their words carefully.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to bridle my tongue.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 102

Scripture Passage: Numbers 27:18-20
Honour is Required for Obedience
When God spoke to Moses, regarding handing over the mantle of leadership to Joshua, He said something very thought-provoking. He said, “And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.” From this statement, we can deduce the following; Moses had honour, honour is transferable and Joshua would require some of Moses’ honour if the children of Israel would be obedient to him.
The lesson here is this; the leader who will be obeyed must have honour. Honour simply means high respect or great esteem. Where there is honour there will be obedience. And a leader who lacks honour will reap disobedience in those he leads. Therefore leaders must seek honour via a life of integrity. Finally, when honour is transferred from another leader it must not only be maintained but built upon.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to live in integrity that I may live in honour.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 101

Scripture Passage: Numbers 27:1-8
Anyone Can Lead
Zelophehad’s five daughters, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah, stood before Moses and the entire congregation and demanded to be given an inheritance amongst men. They said, “Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.” They were women, they were fatherless and they were unmarried. They had no male to protect them but that did not stop them or intimidate them. Their father had not been an influential member of the congregation but that did not deter them. Their father lived and died in the crowd but they stood out of the crowd like true leaders.
The lesson here is this; leading has nothing to do with gender, age, or ethnicity. Leading has nothing to do with title, position or social status. It is not the sole preserve of a fortunate few. Anyone can lead.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to lead.