Buying Into the Leader

Who would have picked Gideon as a leader? Certainly not Gideon. But despite Gideon’s doubts, God used him. And he grew as a leader through several stages:

He started at home with his servants by destroying an altar to Baal and building a new altar to God.

He won over his father, who was a key influencer, and Gideon’s life was spared when the men of Oprah came after him.

He broadened his circle by winning the influence of Joash, the Abiezrites, and tribes beyond his borders.

He moved at the right time, with the right number of people, and won a great victory.

People don’t automatically buy into a good cause, as we see with Gideon. People buy into the leaders first, then the leader’s vision.

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So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manaesh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely, I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

-Judges 6:15-16

(from Leadership Promises for Everyday)

Blessed for Success

Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe that they can succeed, but also show them what you want them to succeed. How do you do that?

Expect it: People can sense your underlying attitude no matter what you say or do. If you have expectation for your people to be successful, they will know it.

Verbalize it: People need to hear you tell them that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.

Reinforce it: You can never do too much when it comes to believing in people.

Once people recognize and understand what you genuinely want to see them succeed and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe they can accomplish what you give them to do.

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And he blessed Joseph and said, “. . . The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

-Genesis 48:15-16

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(from Leadership Promises for Everyday, Becoming a Person of Influence)

A Friend Indeed

No leader succeed on his own. Even David needed his Jonathan.

In the dark days when he fled to escape the threats if King Saul, David turned to his friend for strength and encouragement. At great risk to himself, Jonathan, hoping to pacify his father and reconcile the king to his friend, spoke well of David. And for a short while Saul relented, promising that David would not die by his hand.

Soon Saul’s old animosities reasserted themselves, and Jonathan once again risked his life to help his dear friend. Jonathan remained faithful to his comrade until the very end of his life.

Do you have someone who “strengthens your hand in God?” All leaders need loyal friends who can help them to persevere through the tough times.

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So Jonathan told David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.”

1 Samuel 19:2-3

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(from Leadership Promises for Everyday)

 

What a Leader Must See

Leaders who navigate do more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. It seems remarkable, but Nehemiah could see both the problem and the solution even though he had never visited Jerusalem.

All great leaders have uncommon vision. A leader sees . . .

Farther than others see. Nehemiah was able to see the problem, and he could picture the solution in his head.

  More than others see. Nehemiah knew that the wall  could and should be rebuilt, and he knew what it would take to do it.

Before others see. None of Jerusalem’s neighbors wanted to see the Jews rebuild their wall, and several enemy leaders conspired against Nehemiah and the people. But Nehemiah saw the danger and planned accordingly; he refused to give in to enemy plots.

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And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my father’s tombs, that I may rebuild it.”    -Nehemiah 2:5

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(excerpt from Leadership Promises for Everyday)