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Chapter XVIII Esther (A Sense Of Timing) Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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This may sound a bit out of character for a leader but part of leading and leading well is understanding when to lead and when not to lead. So let's look at a leader who understood that concept shall we? Our next lesson in leadership comes from Esther 4:6-17.

First we may need to refresh your memory about just who Esther was. Esther appears in the Bible as a woman of deep faith, courage and patriotism, ultimately willing to risk her life for her adoptive father, Mordecai, and the Jewish people. Scripture portrays her as a woman raised up as an instrument in the hand of God to avert the destruction of the Jewish people, and to afford them protection and forward their wealth and peace in their captivity. Four years after Queen Vashti was executed, King Ahasuerus then chose Esther to be his wife and Queen. Esther was advanced for this role by Mordecai, her cousin and guardian. Shortly after Esther became Queen, Mordecai overheard a plot to assassinate the King. He promptly told Esther of the plot, who warned her husband of the threat. An investigation was made and the conspirators were swiftly arrested and executed. As such, the King ordered Mordecai's deed recorded in the history. Now lets get into our lesson.

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Chapter XVII Paul (Reproduction) Print E-mail
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If you take a careful and studious look at II Timothy 2:1 you can learn more about the man named Paul. You will see that he was a leader who believed in training others to become leaders. It should become quite clear that Paul understood that when you train followers, the growth and progress toward the acquisition of your vision and goals can only be gradually achieved because only one person at a time is receiving the message of that dream and continuing to carry it on toward fruition. Conversely Paul believed, as do I, that when you train multiple leaders, the growth and progress are increased exponentially. This occurs because you harness the efforts and followers of each leader you train and infect with the significance of your mission. The benefit of training numerous leaders and not gathering followers can easily be compared to the difference between addition and multiplication. So let's take some time to compare some differences in the two types of leaders exemplified by the presence or absence of what I will refer to as the "Principle of Reproduction". Hopefully I will be able to show you just what some of the differences are between leaders who gather followers (for the satisfaction of their own egos) and leaders who train leaders (for the benefit of their mission):

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Chapter XVI Moses and Joshua (Replication) Print E-mail
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As we venture into Numbers 27:18-23 we will be learning from the lives of Moses and Joshua, who I sometimes classify as mentoring leaders, a leadership lesson about leaders who train others to become leaders.

I am sure you have heard that old cliché "It takes one to know one!" You can hear that phrase screamed by kids on playgrounds all over the English-speaking world. Or how about the saying "You've seen one you've seen them all." Moses realized something we have already mentioned but it deserves to be repeated often, especially to leaders who are "legends in their own minds." Moses' realization was that he like all leaders, both good and bad, would not live forever and a new leader would eventually be required to take his place. He also knew that if he wanted that new leader to carry on the vision and work God had given him, he needed to find and train a leader after his own heart. The leader to be he began training was Joshua.

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Chapter XV Peter (The Prioritizer) Print E-mail
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In Acts 6:1-7 there is a lesson you can learn from Peter, a leader who understood that he couldn't do everything there is to do all by himself. Like many of us in the military or law enforcement professions, Peter tended to be a "control freak and a micro-manager".  Peter was often deluged with more than any one man could be expected to be in charge of, but through the power of Christ and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit he was able to organize these tasks and accomplish many great things primarily through and for the benefit of others. I am sure you law enforcement officers have had those nights on patrol when you asked yourself just who told the dispatcher that you were Superman. You know what I mean, too many calls, not enough time and three guys called in sick, yet the complainants and your sergeant expect you to handle it.

Peter was wise enough to realize that everything that people want to do does not necessarily always need to be done. You see, a wise leader must clearly understand that everything that catches a person's eye should not necessarily ignite the passion of their heart. A leader's heart and his efforts should be focused only on that activity which will result in worthwhile endeavors, the outcome of which will produce accomplishments that truly benefit others and have long lasting results.

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Chapter XIV Nehemiah (The Navigator) Print E-mail
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In Nehemiah 1:1-3:32 we are going to review some history on the leadership of Nehemiah, "a man with a plan", as the saying goes.  Although the U.S. Navy and I have a different way of saying the same thing, it goes like this, "anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a navigator to chart its course."

It seems logical under these circumstances for me to call the leadership principle exemplified by Nehemiah the Principle of Navigation. A high-quality leader never intentionally navigates by the seat of his or her pants, as the old proverb states, but rather sees the whole course of events in their minds eye before ever leaving the starting point. A first-class leader can see the destination; needs, obstacles and who it will take to accomplish the mission before they ever leave the dock, let alone cross the horizon to engage the unknown.

 

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Chapter XIII Joseph (The Mature Leader) Print E-mail
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When we look meticulously into the book of Genesis, Chapter 37, Verses 1-52 we will find out that there is a little lesson we can learn about leadership from Joseph. He was a leader who endured trials and reaped rewards while his leadership and influence matured over a period of time.

Just like money that is wisely invested, and as time goes by compounds its value through interest, leaders often increase their own value, stature and capabilities as time progresses. While all good leaders have some God given natural abilities, they can all augment their skills via the unfettered nurturing of other leaders over a period of time. True leadership has many facets, just like a diamond, that need to be perfected over a lifetime; Facets like respect, emotional strength, experience, people skills, confidence (Not to be confused with arrogance), discipline, vision, momentum, and timing and on and on as the list continues, almost ad infinitum and all that need some amount of polishing in order to be brought to their highest potential. We can see, I hope, that all leaders require some amount of seasoning, just like firewood and a fine wine, so I am told.

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