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Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 346

Scripture Passage: John 6:66-67

Many Will Abandon The Leader Along The Way

The Bible says concerning Jesus,From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”

The lesson here is this; Many will abandon the leader along the way. They will hop off the “train” and they will do so for various reasons. Often because of offense. Get used to it. And don’t beg anyone to get back on the “train” because they are going to get off again at the next stop and you will need to beg them again to get on. How long can you keep that up? If they wish to leave, irrespective of whether their time with you is over or not, please let them go so you can focus on those who are left. Not everyone who began the journey with Jesus finished with Him. He was forsaken, He was abandoned and He was betrayed. Why should you be any different?

Prayer: Father, give me the grace to carry on no matter who leaves me because with you I am a majority and I can do all things.

 

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 271

Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 21:1-6
Bad Leaders Make Decisions that Have Far Reaching Consequences for Those They Lead
During Saul’s reign as king of Israel, he slew the Gibeonites contrary to the vow Israel had made with them during Joshua’s time. As a result, of this sin against the Gibeonites, there was famine in the land. When David called the Gibeonites to ask how they would be appeased, they said, “let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul.” And thus seven of Saul’s sons lost their lives. When Saul decided to kill the Gibeonites, that decision had far reaching consequences for his immediate family and the nation of Israel.
The lesson here is this; bad leaders make decisions that have far reaching consequences for those they lead. Their decisions spell doom for those connected to them and this is in most cases long after their demise. And sometimes the consequences persist for generations.
Prayer: Father, help me to make wise choices and right decisions.

Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 267

Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 6:1-5
Leaders Are Part of the Team
The Bible says concerning David, “Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God……..And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.” David was not in some faraway place giving instructions. He was in the midst of the people working with them.
The lesson here is this; leaders are part of the team. Therefore, they work with the team. A boss gives orders. But true leaders adopt the hands on approach, pitching in when required and demonstrating practically to their people how the work ought to be done. Leaders are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Are you a leader or a boss?
Prayer: Father, make me a leader.

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rahab

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in the city of Jericho. As a matter of fact, her house was on the city’s wall. We know she was a prostitute because the Bible says that she was. What we do not know however, because the Bible does not mention it, is that Rahab was a leader and possibly a better leader than the reigning king of Jericho. This article clearly highlights her leadership qualities and the lessons we can learn from the life of this great woman.
The Bible first mentions Rahab in the second chapter of the book of Joshua. At this time, Joshua had become the leader of the nation of Israel, following the death of Moses. He sent two spies to the city of Jericho to search out the entire land as the children of Israel got set to invade the land and conquer it. These men upon their arrival in Jericho entered into the house of Rahab and lodged there. While they were with her, information reached the king of Jericho and he sent a message to Rahab asking her to bring forth the men as they were spies who had come to search out the land. Rahab realised that this action would be detrimental to her and so she hid both men and sent back to the king saying that the men had long departed and advised that he send people after them. Men were sent to pursue after them but Rahab went to her roof top where she hid these men and said unto them, “I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
Both men entered into an agreement with Rahab that it would be as she had requested on two conditions; one, she was to tie a scarlet thread on her window and ensure that when the children of Israel invaded the city of Jericho all her family were inside the house and two, she was not to utter any of their business. Rahab kept to her part of the deal and when Israel eventually invaded the city of Jericho, the Bible says concerning Rahab; “And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”
Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rahab are as follows;
1. You do not need to fight in every battle. If the king of Jericho had half the wisdom Rahab possessed, he would have preserved his life and those of his people. He failed to protect his own and let them perish because his strategy was wrong. Rahab however, was able to save her own life and those of her family members because her strategy was right. She knew she could not fight the children of Israel. She knew she could not keep them out of Jericho or stop them from taking over the city. Based on all she had heard about this unique set of people she knew it was an exercise in futility trying to come against them. The only way out was to collaborate with them. Wise leaders pick their battles carefully. They understand that not every battle must be fought as some battles are won without a fight.
2. She did not procrastinate. As the spies departed, they said to her, “thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by.” With this scarlet in her window, the men would be able to identify her house and ensure it was not destroyed when they attacked Jericho. Rahab wasted no time carrying out this life-saving instruction. The Bible says, “And she sent them away, and they departed and she bound the scarlet line in the window.” She did it as soon as they left. She did not procrastinate or put it off. She did it immediately. Leaders are disciplined and do not put off until tomorrow what can be done today.
3. Be clear about what you want. Someone has said that fuzzy ideas lead to fuzzy actions. Clarity of goals and expectations is key to the achievement of same. Rahab knew exactly what she wanted and expressed this without much ado. Leaders who succeed are those who know precisely what they want and go after it.
4. Take the initiative. Rahab took the initiative; the initiative to lodge the spies in her home, the initiative to hide them, the initiative to give the king a contrary report, the initiative to cut a deal that would save her and her family. Leaders take the initiative, they are always one step ahead, and that is what makes them leaders.
5. Learn to negotiate. Rahab negotiated with the spies. She let them know what she wanted in return for showing them kindness. They in turn let her know what they expected of her in order to help her. Both parties reached an agreement and Rahab got what she wanted. Leaders are negotiators.
6. Look for and see opportunities in every situation. When the spies came to Rahab’s home, she immediately saw an opportunity to form ties with them which would ultimately save her life and the lives of her family members from a destruction that was imminent. Leaders see opportunities in every situation.
7. Nothing of value is ever free. Rahab understood this and every great leader knows this. You will never get anything of value without giving up something of value to get it. In other words, there is no such reality as a free lunch. Followers look for freebies but leaders know there is a price for everything valuable. Rahab wanted to save her life and that of her entire family but she had to pay a price for what she wanted. She hid men who had come to spy her land with the intention of invading it. She mislead her king and she took a risk of being killed if discovered. She paid a price because she knew it was the only way to escape the destruction that was to come. Leaders pay a price for what they want.
8. Discernment is key to making right decisions. Rahab made a decision to join forces with Israel against her people. This was the right decision as it would afford her and her family a chance to live. This decision was not just based on what her physical ears heard or physical eyes saw. It went beyond that. This decision was based on discernment. She discerned that joining Israel and hiding the spies was the right thing to do. She made her decision based on that and she was not wrong. Leaders know the importance of discernment. They understand that sometimes facts and figures are not enough to make the right decision; discernment is needed.
9. Relationships are built on trust, therefore integrity is key. Rahab, like many other leaders before and after her, knew the importance of trust. The spies promised to save her and her family on the condition that she did not utter their business. She honoured her side of the agreement. She did not utter their business. She had integrity. Leaders who break trust have no integrity and sooner than later lose their influence. And a leader is not a leader without influence.
10. Sometimes, you have to work alone. Rahab acted alone. Those close to her were not aware of what she was doing. This woman single-handedly saved her entire family. She did not require anyone to stand with her; she stood alone. She did not require anyone to advise her; she counselled herself. She did not require anyone to motivate her; she was self-motivated. She did not require anyone to assure her she was doing the right thing; she knew she was. She was able to manage herself and her affairs. This is a major requirement for great leadership as no one can lead others until they are able to lead themselves. Leaders, lead themselves first.
Finally, Rahab was a woman but she did not allow this stop her from taking actions to preserve her life and the lives of her family members. Her story is a powerful message to all women; one that says, “You can do it too.”

What Are Your Options? (Part 3)

I have heard it said, “When life throws you a lemon, make lemonade.” And what I know to be true is this; whenever life throws you a lemon, it will also throw at you the option of turning that lemon into a nice glass of lemonade. Life never puts you in a pit without giving you options to get out. According to Napoleon Hill, the author of the book, “Think and Grow Rich”, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Consider your current situation? What options are available to bring you out of that unpleasant situation?
The Bible gives a detailed account of Israel’s departure from Egypt. Initially, Pharaoh was pleased to let the people go following the death of all first born in Egypt. However, as Israel departed, he had second thoughts and decided to chase after them with about six hundred chosen chariots. The Bible says, “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.” Now you need to know this story to appreciate what is happening here. At this point, these people were trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red sea. If moved forward, they would drown in the Red sea, if they moved backwards away from the sea or remained rooted to the spot and did nothing, Pharaoh’s army would capture them and in the process some could be killed. Either way, it seemed death was inevitable. They cried to God and complained to Moses as they were afraid and not sure which option to take. God saw their confusion and stepped in to take an option on their behalf. He said to Moses, “Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” This may not have seemed a very wise option, as it would result in the death of all, by drowning. However, they obeyed, in spite of their fears. Miraculously, as they moved forward, the Red sea parted to make way for them to go through. The enemy chased after them but the sea returned to its place and the children of Israel watched as the enemy they feared drowned in the midst of the waters. The children of Israel got more than they bargained for when they moved forward towards the Red sea. Firstly, they went through without harm and thus escaped Pharaoh’s army. Secondly, the enemy they feared would destroy them was destroyed and they never had to worry about being forced to return to slavery; finally, they were free indeed. All this happened because they were willing to take a risk and go forward in spite of the fear of drowning.
If you will follow your heart and go forward, in spite of your fears, you will discover as you take a step forward that the obstacles on your path will give way to allow you advance. God still causes seas to part.
Eturuvie Erebor.