Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 354

Scripture Passage: Matthew 19:27-29

Good Leaders Have a Reward Arrangement for Their Followers

The Bible says, “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

The lesson here is this; Good leaders have a reward arrangement for their followers. Jesus had a reward system in place for His disciples. I find that many leaders have a discipline system in place for their followers but no reward system. This is wrong. This tells me that the leader has no confidence in his people to behave until they are punished. A reward system is a demonstration of the leader’s belief in his people to behave. He trusts that they will deliver and so he makes plans to reward them. This is good leadership. And for such a leader, his people usually live up to his expectations. However, with a bad leader, there is no reward system in place, just a discipline system. He expects that his people will always misbehave and need to be punished and they usually live up to his expectations. They are tardy on the job, fail to deliver and constantly need to be disciplined. Perhaps, such a leader should discard the discipline system and replace it with a reward system. The disciples followed Jesus till the end because they were excited about the reward at the end of the journey. And all who are Christians follow Jesus for the same reason, we want the reward that awaits us at the end of our journey.

Prayer: Father, help me to be a good leader.

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