Read: Proverbs 11
Key Verses: Proverbs 11:14. “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”
Devotional: I’m a huge fan of guys like John Maxwell and Craig Groeschel who have carved out an amazingly impactful niche in the world of leadership. Maxwell has written dozens of books on the topic over the last several decades and Groeschel has produced a widely circulated and ever growing podcast on a variety of topics within the vein of leadership. The insight these guys provide is practical and applicable to everyday life as it relates to business, church, family and everyday life leadership. Leadership resources such as these abound. Take just a moment to peruse your local bookstore or do even a cursory Google search on the topic of leadership and you’ll be amazed at how many resources are out there. Leadership help is everywhere. Regardless of your level of leadership in the corporate world, in your local church, in your family or school there are plenty of resources for you to tap into to become wiser, stronger and more effective. Even if you don’t consider yourself a leader, rest assured that you do lead.
The writer of Proverbs gives us an amazing bit of insight into one of the most overlooked keys to leadership success. Proverbs 11:14 tells us that there is safety in having many advisors.
At first glance this seems to counter the traditional model of top down leadership. We have too often assumed that an effective leader is one who can seclude himself or herself in their large corner office and hand out directives that can successfully navigate the organization through even the most difficult of times. We’ve bought into the idea that a successful parent is one who always knows the right answer, the right direction and the right response. We’ve bought into the fallacy that a good leader is someone who doesn’t need the opinion of others, doesn’t need the expertise of those around them and can manage and direct all areas of the organization, family or group singlehandedly.
Proverbs 11:14 reminds us that we need one another. We exercise wisdom when we allow others to speak into a tough situation. We practice Biblical leadership when we open ourselves up to new concepts, fresh ways of handling a tough situation and new approaches to an on going struggle.
Effective leadership is about bringing together a group (family, church family or employees) and guiding them towards something greater. In order to do that your people need to know that you are confident but not cocky. Your family needs to know that you have a plan but are also open to new ideas. Seeking insight from those whom you lead will only serve to endear them to you and your vision for your organization, church or family.
Take Action: Take some time today or tomorrow to keep a record of how many times throughout the day you share an idea and how often you listen to a new idea. Make an effort to run all of your new ideas past at least 3-5 people before putting them into place.
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