Leadership

  • The Law of Addition: When People Are Esteemed, Relationships Are Redeemed

    (Proverbs 27:1–21) Leaders understand that people represent an organization’s most appreciable asset. No resource is more valuable than people. Therefore, people skills represent a leader’s most important attribute. Wise leaders practice the Law of Addition: Leaders add value to an organization by serving their people. This text presents some fundamentals on relationships. It teaches that if people are esteemed, relationships are redeemed. Leaders can learn at least the following principles from this chapter: 1. Don’t brag (vv. 1, 2)—Leaders understand how little they get from self-promotion. 2. Don’t envy (v. 4)—Leaders sabotage themselves if their motive is to keep up...
  • THE LAW OF THE PICTURE

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Josiah: Outward Reform Begins with Inward Renewal 2 Kings 22:10–23:25 YOUNG KING Josiah is a classic example of the Law of the Picture. His leadership led to national reform in Israel, and he teaches us something today about how change occurs: Outward reform begins with inward renewal. In 2 Kings 22–23 we read of Josiah’s wholehearted devotion to God and his desire to lead the people well. He became king of Israel at the tender age of eight, if you can imagine that. His own spiritual passion began to influence the nation of...
  • Team Building: Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? 1 Corinthians 12:4–31 Leaders aren't supposed to do all the work of the church, but are to effectively broker the talent on their team. Good teams use every gift and enjoy both unity and diversity. Consider Paul's philosophy of team building: 1. The team possesses a variety of gifts or positions, but pursues the same goal and God (vv. 4–6). 2. Everyone has a contribution to make which benefits the team (v. 7). 3. God is the source of each gift, so He deserves the glory (vv. 8–10). 4. God chooses who has...
  • Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts Romans 12:6–8 Paul describes seven spiritual gifts, distributed to different members in the body of Christ. Like any good leader, he recognizes his role as a broker of gifts, talents, and resources. He urges everyone to discover, develop, and distribute his or her gift. Every resource God provides should be in use. Every believer is a steward of the abilities he or she has been given. Every leader is a manager whose goal should be to maximize everyone’s gift. The list of gifts in Romans 12 is not...
  • Esau Fails to See the Big Picture

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? VISION Esau Fails to See the Big Picture Genesis 25:29–34; 32:3–23; 33:1–20 IN ESAU the Bible paints a powerful picture of a leader without vision. While the eyes of some folks may be larger than their stomachs, in this case the problem was exactly the opposite. Isaac and Rebekah’s firstborn son, Esau, loved the great outdoors from very early in life. He became a skillful hunter, growing strong and resourceful and as rugged as they come. But he lived so completely in the present, depending solely on his own strength and resources, that...
  • A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? JESUS AND THE LAW OF LEGACY A Leader's Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession Matthew 28:16–20 JUST ABOUT anybody can make an organization look good for a moment—by launching a flashy new program or product, drawing crowds to a big event, or slashing the budget to boost the bottom line. But leaders who leave a legacy take a different approach. They lead with tomorrow as well as today in mind. When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will be judged by how well your people and your organization did...
  • Great Mentors Change Lives

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? When God Chooses a Leader (Exodus 2:11–4:20) Moses provides a wonderful case study on how God calls a leader out of a crowd to perform an assignment. 1. God gives the leader an emotional investment in the work. Moses “bought into” the idea of freeing the Hebrews from bondage even before God called him to the task. 2. God affirms the leader through others. When Moses told Jethro about his encounter at the burning bush, his father-in-law affirmed him. 3. God gives the leader mentors. Moses asked for and received help from Jethro,...
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Travel on the Inside First (Numbers 33:1–49) WE MUST travel on the inside before we can travel on the outside, because the journey of growth and success is first an internal one. The first person you lead is you—and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. If only the Israelites had remembered this lesson! Numbers 33 provides a review of the entire exodus journey, from Egypt to Jordan. And, boy, was it ever a journey! Tons of manna. Far too much grumbling. And it lasted 40 years. Why didn’t the Israelites get to the...
  • The Law of Magnetism- Effective Leaders

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? THE LAW OF MAGNETISM Elijah and Elisha Cut from the Same Cloth (2 Kings 2:1–15) EFFECTIVE LEADERS are always on the lookout for good people. Each of us carries around a mental list of what kind of people we would like in our organization. Believe it or not, whom you get is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. In most situations, you draw people who possess the same qualities you do. It is possible for a leader to go out and recruit people unlike himself, but it’s crucial...
  • Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? REHOBOAM AND THE LAW OF CONNECTION Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand 1 Kings 12:1–24 A LEADER can’t connect with people only when he is communicating to groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. Some leaders have problems because they believe that followers must take the responsibility to connect. But successful leaders always initiate. They take the first step and then make the effort to continue building relationships. When a leader...

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