Archive | July 30, 2015

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 212

Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 24:1-15
When Leaders Don’t Listen the People Suffer
David gave an instruction that the children of Israel be counted and would not listen to Joab when he tried to talk him out of carrying out this exercise which was against God’s word. The Bible says, “notwithstanding, the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the captains of the host.” The people were counted as David desired and it led to the outbreak of a plague which claimed the lives of seventy thousand men. People died needless deaths because their leader would not listen to wise counsel but insisted on having his way.
The lesson here is this; when leaders don’t listen the people suffer. Therefore, a leader must be willing to listen to others. Nobody has monopoly of knowledge and we can all learn from one another if we are willing to listen.
Prayer: Father, help me to listen especially when it counts.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 211

Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 16:1-4; 19:24-29
Leaders Judge Those They Lead Not By Their Words but By Their Actions
Ziba came to King David with provision as he fled into exile. He claimed that Mephibosheth was at Jerusalem saying, “Today shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.” As a result, David gave half the land belonging to Mephibosheth to Ziba and never went back on that decision; not even when Mephibosheth came down to meet him as he returned from exile, and refuted Ziba’s story. In my opinion, David judged both men on what they did. Ziba came to him in his hour of need and Mephibosheth did not.
The lesson here is this; Leaders judge those they lead not by their words but by their actions. Hence, no matter how good your intentions may be and how well you articulate them, experienced leaders will judge you based on what you do. Therefore, it is important that your words and actions line up.
Prayer: Father, cause my words and actions to line up.