Saul, the first Hebrew king, offers us an example that cannot be overlooked - particularly for those that are business starters or hold a newly created leadership position. He made decisions that are typical of an "initiator" and we would do well to learn from his example to save us from expensive AND extensive difficulty. To unpack his life and leadership, we will go to the book of 1 Samuel for a summary explanation of his life and decisions. Please note that we cannot cover the majority of one Old Testament book in a short blog, so this will only hit the highlights. We will close with five specific applications of those lessons for leaders.
With everything that took place during the pandemic shutdowns where businesses were closed and gatherings minimized, our deepest human desire - for personal connection - was starved. Unfortunately, however, that occurrence is not an isolated incident. The starving for a personal touch has expanded in recent years due to our increased reliance on digital tools. We focus attention on "friends" we have never met but are hundreds of miles away while neglecting those within the walls of our home. How do we as people, and as leaders, address that deficiency. We will take a look at what some have done in the fast-food industry to combat this factor.
Have you taken the time to sit down and write out your core responses to any and every situation? If you have not, then you should certainly do so. In living, just as in leading, we must have things settled in our minds in order to practice them. Without firm commitment to our convictions, then we will fall into making choices out of convenience. By continuing, you will see the things established in my heart and mind - a little something called the S.M.I.L.E. Rule.
A long-forgotten blog resurfaced in a strange turn of events, and this entry is just as applicable today as it was a decade ago when it was written...
It has been quite some time since I have shared my thoughts about my devotional readings. No, I have not been unfaithful in reading God's Word; however, I will concede that I do not spend enough time in studying His thoughts. It is amazing how that we, as Christians, stand upon His Word for our eternal destiny; yet, we are so quick to read a chapter and declare our relationship fine. Instead, we must get alone, dig, study, and apply everything that we read. Sometimes, we must read quite a bit in order to discover what God has for us in that setting. Anyway, I needed to remind myself of that fact before moving onward; so please excuse that digression.
If you happen to have XM Radio and listen to Prime Country, then you will have heard the Patty Loveless song "Hurt Me Bad (in a Real Good Way)." She has an amazing voice that pierces the heart in so many of her songs. If you have never heard it, well, just click on the song title above.
What does this have to do with leadership? Everything! The song speaks to perspective about "good" and "bad" events that happen. I'm going to share a real world example for you to help you understand the role of leadership in balancing progress and perspective.
Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your works unto the Lord and your thoughts will be established"
I was introduced to this verse thanks to my high school soccer coach. Before EVERY game, he would quote this to us and remind us to make sure that we had the right mindset before stepping onto the field. It took several years for me to unpack the true meaning, but what an influence he had on me by infusing truth from God's Word into our lives.
When you are asked about examples of godly leaders, what names come to mind? Moses? Certainly! Joshua? Yes! The apostle Paul? Without a doubt! If I told you that Joseph was the most overlooked and godly leader of Scripture, would that grab your attention? Of course it would! I admit that claim is bold but step back and think about it for just a minute. God chose Joseph, of all the men on earth, for a simple but significant purpose - to serve as the earthly father for Jesus with the responsibility to lovingly lead the One who would bring salvation to humanity. That's a man demanding our attention and study!