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Posted 1 year ago

The Law of Intuition Part 4

Decision Making-2 Samuel 6:1-7:17

Within a few years of his ascent to the throne, David's leadership is in full swing. He begins to exercise broad decision-making skills as the king of Israel. Consider several principles we learn from David, the decision maker:

1. Good leaders influence the decisions of others (6:1, 2).

2. Good decision makers want God in the center of the process (6:3-5).

3. Good decision making respects the power of God (6:6-11).

4. Good decisions foster joy and celebration (6:12-15).

5. Good leaders place God's agenda ahead of their own (7:1-3).

6. Good decision makers listen to others (7:4-11).

7. Good leaders positively affect future generations (7:12, 13).

8. Present decisions determine future conditions (7:14-17).

Join me next time for The Law of Intuition Part 5

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

The Law of Intuition Part 2

 

Jethro Evaluates-Exodus 18:1-24

 

Leadership intuition often separates the greatest leaders from the merely good ones. Some people are born with great leadership intuition; others have to work hard to develop and hone it. But however it evolves, the result is a combination of natural ability and learned skills. This informed intuition makes crucial issues jump out at the leader, enabling him or her to get a handle on intangible factors, understand them, and work with them to accomplish leadership goals.

 

Successful leaders see every situation in terms of available resources: money, raw materials, technology, and, most important, people. Intuitive leaders can since what's happening among the people and almost instantly know their hopes, fears, and concerns. Leaders also have the ability to step back from what's happening and see not only were they and their people have gone, but also where they are headed—as if they can smell change in the wind.

 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

The Law of Intuition Part 1

Joseph Acts in Crisis-Genesis 37:5-36; 39:1-41:16

 

Problems never paralyze great leaders; they know that solutions usually exist. The Scripture shows that Joseph accomplished much because he enjoyed:

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Issues: Change Part 3

 

Changing with Times-Nehemiah 7:1, 2

 

Two emotions usually follow a great achievement: first, a sigh of relief and celebration; and second, a sense of . . .now what?

 

How we handle achievement tells us a lot about our character. The period following a success - become a dangerous time. Sometimes we feel tempted toward complacency, especially if we lack another goal. We can become satisfied and let down on guard. Momentum leaks.

 

The moment of victory is a crucial time for an organization. The leader must be able to change - or face a transitional problem. The transitional problem occurs when the leader does not know how to grow with the organization. Nehemiah's life illustrates the problem:

 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Issues: Change Part 2

 

Outward Reform-2 Kings 22:10-23:25

 

Throughout is 31 years of godly leadership, King Josiah wholeheartedly followed the Lord and devoted himself to leading the people well. His own spiritual passion soon began to influence Judah and eventually brought about public reform.

 

Even today Josiah remains a vivid example of a key biblical principle: Outward reform begins with inward renewal. The leader must experience personal change before he or she can implement public change. Leaders make an impact the same way an atomic bomb does: They implode before they explode.

 

The cycle of change worked this way for King Josiah:

 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Issues: Change Part 1

 

Women Made a Difference-Ruth 4:13-17

 

Ruth and Naomi provide just two examples of women in Scripture who made a difference. Such heroines show up everywhere in the Old and New Testaments. Study these ladies and he encouraged:

 

Abagail (1 Sam. 25:1-42)

Anna (Luke 2:36-38)

Deborah (Judg. 4; 5)

Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42)

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Qualities: Discernment Part 5

 

Paul Changed Plans-Acts 16:1-13

 

All leaders need discernment. Paul had it and he used it to select new leaders, to size up what to say in a courtroom, and to know where to go next on his missionary trips.

 

Such was the dynamic leadership of God. Discerning leaders usually share some common traits. They are:

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Qualities: Discernment Part 4

 

Issue Was Justice, Not Fasting-Zechariah 7:1-10

 

God questions the motives behind our behavior. While the Jews had fasted and feasted at appropriate times, Zechariah declared their spiritual rituals meant little unless accompanied by justice. When leaders discern people and relationships, they get a head start in providing relevant help to those who need it.

 

Rich Young Ruler-Matthew 19:16-26

 

Jesus cut through the periphery to get to the real issues. Discerning that a young man had failed to "have no other gods before [Him]" (Ex. 20:3), Jesus tells him to sell everything, give it to the poor, and follow Him. The man walks away, unable to take the step that would free him from bondage.

 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 year ago

Leadership Qualities: Discernment Part 3

 

Zerubbabel Reads People-Ezra 4:1-3

 

Leaders must practice discernment. Relationships can get messy; people often harbor personal agendas and attempt to mask their true motives or to make them sound more noble than they really are.

 

Leaders must read the people, then lead the people. They must understand the timing, the people, the situation, and the priorities, then act accordingly. Their action depends upon how they read these factors. Discernment always precedes decision. Analysis always precedes action.

 

Leaders Assess, Then Respond-Ezekiel 18:1-32