When it comes to leadership, perhaps the most often used passage in the Bible is Exodus, chapter 18. This is the story in which Moses allows his father-in-law, Jethro, to work with him. After a long day of exhausting work as judge, teacher, commander, and priest of Yahweh for millions of people, Jethro pulls Moses aside for a little hear- to-heart.
Jethro sees a micromanager driving himself into an early grave, trying to do too much. He gets Moe’s attention pretty fast when he says, “Dude, you’re dumb!” (ok, that’s the Mossolonian translation)
Jethro then lays out some pretty solid wisdom that every leader needs to learn.
Three Basic Principles of Effective Leadership
“You should continue to be the people’s representative before God…teach God’s decrees…give instructions…and show how to live…” (verses 19-20)
Jethro started out by clarifying Moses’ calling.
The most powerful principle of leadership is about self-discovery. Every leader must discover their unique leadership contribution. Leaders need clarity on their God-given gifts, skills, passion, leadership style, and what their story has been preparing them for.
It is not enough to have leadership gifts or skills.
Leaders have to be crystal clear on why they’re here.
Once you are clear on your specific role in the whole,…Continue Reading