Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 160

Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 12: 1-5
Good Leaders Do Not Defraud Those They Lead
Samuel served Israel from his childhood. In his old age he asked, “whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? And I will restore it you.” And Israel responded, “Thou hast not defrauded us.” This is a powerful testimony that he was a good leader.
The lesson here is this; good leaders do not defraud those they lead. They recognise that leadership is about serving the needs of the people and not about serving personal needs. A master serves his needs at the expense of the people but a leader serves the people’s needs. Good leaders are bold and fearless because they have nothing to hide. Like Samuel they are able to say at any time, “Behold, here I am; witness against me.”
Prayer: Father, help me to serve and not defraud those I lead.

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