Leadership Qualities: Communication Part 2
Clear Communication-1 Samuel 10:3-12:25 (positive)
What kind of communicator was Samuel? Look at the following examples:
- He spoke words of revelation. His communication contained divine revelation, insights the people lacked.
- He spoke words of inspiration. His communication inspired Saul to overcome his fears and step out.
- He spoke words of exhortation. His communication encouraged the people to act and follow Saul as their new king.
- He spoke words of affirmation. His communication affirmed, supported, and endorsed Saul publicly.
- He spoke words of information. His communication overflowed with good content, edifying and teaching others.
- He spoke words of declaration. His communication gave clear direction to the people and hope for their future.
How Did He Do It?
Each time Samuel spoke, he followed the rules below:
- Simplify the message. He spoke forthrightly, clearly, and simply. No one wondered what he meant.
- See the person. He always empathized with others. He knew his audience.
- Show the truth. He demonstrated credibility with his passion and his life. He lived what he said.
- Seek the response. He always spoke with a purpose. When finished, he urged the people to obey God.
Don’t Go Until You Know-2 Samuel 5:19, 23; 7:3-16
One of the most crucial leadership questions of all has nothing to do with finding resources, attracting competent team members, or setting a target date. This critical question employs four small but potent words: “What does God say?”
The lesson: Don’t act or speak for God until you are sure you represent Him correctly. For the spiritual leader, listening always comes before speaking.
Join me next time for Leaderships Qualities: Communication Part 3