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 with others.

3. Be forthright (vv. 5, 6)—Leaders don’t fear confrontation, but speak the truth in love.

4. Don’t forsake your roots (v. 8)—Leaders understand the power of relational heritage.

5. Stay c lose (vv. 9, 10)—Leaders work at maintaining relationships and meeting needs.

6. Add value (v. 17)—Leaders sharpen those with whom they come in contact.

7. Don’t be moved by flattery (v. 21)—Stay humble or you will stumble.