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Chapter V "Barnabas" (Learning the Art of Delegation ) Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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In Acts 9:27 we are introduced to a man called Barnabas. This man was a leader who was secure enough in his own capabilities and in his relationship with the Lord, to empower others to act in his name.

It is a well-documented fact that insecure leaders, or micro-managers as we tend to call them today, will generally hoard their own power at all costs, eventually leading to their own demise. More secure leaders on the other hand will often accomplish more and greater things, by consciously empowering others under their command or influence to act on their behalf. They do this by the delegation of their authority to their followers proportionally as determined by their subordinates' acceptance of responsibility. By utilizing this principle, they can lighten their own burden while allowing their subordinates to gain valuable training, insight and experience.

I suppose you could call this contribution, the "Principle of Delegation", which not only empowers subordinates but also conveys to them that their leaders confidence in them and concern for the success of their joint mission transcends his or her own need for recognition and glory. This is a positive signal that shows subordinates that the leader is concerned more about a legacy of leadership being passed along through those he or she influences than they are with any accolades they might ultimately receive.

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Chapter IV Sampson (An Obvious Need for Integrity ) Print E-mail
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In Judges 13:24 - 16:31 we meet Sampson, a leader who provides us with a good example of bad leadership. It is not my normal procedure to use negative examples to prove a point, but, God tells us that all scripture is profitable so I am going to depend on that principle of truth while I attempt to point out some of the potential pitfalls that may be experienced when a leader decides to forgo a foundation of integrity and live by deception as Sampson was prone to do.

All leaders are endowed at birth with the innate potential to become either a good leader or bad leader and Sampson was no different. He had numerous opportunities to make choices just as every leader does. Each of those decisions a leader makes always results in success or failure and adds to or detracts from their personal reputation. Take a moment to reflect on just exactly how the summation of your current reputation might be expressed by those who really know you? I can tell you what that reputation is made up of, it is the sum of your confidence, competence and character, and can be wrapped up in one very valuable leadership trait that Sampson seemed not to understand.

We will call Sampson's contribution to our leadership lessons, a contribution that is most evident by its absence from his poor style of leadership, The Principle of Integrity.

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Chapter III "Assessing Samuel's Power of Credibility" Print E-mail
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In I Samuel 4:1 we learn a little about a leader named Samuel. Whenever this leader spoke, the people always heard the truth. Samuel was one of the most credible leaders chronicled in the Old Testament. His rise to prominence began under his mentor Eli. No matter what the message was that God wanted him to proclaim or reveal, Samuel could be trusted to speak only the truth. Yet, whenever Samuel spoke this truth, he always spoke it with real compassion. I know from past experience that credibility without compassion can be counterproductive and devastating.

You might, therefore, call Samuel’s contribution to our leadership lexicon the “Trait of Compassionate Credibility.”

 

Keep reading to see how credibility might be applicable to your life. 

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Chapter II "The Confidence of Gideon" Print E-mail
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The leader who desires to acquit himself well, must naturally exude confidence, a trait that must never be confused with arrogance. When beginning the climb toward a position that that entails the administration of certain powers, the embryonic leader often starts from a position of reluctance and eventually, with the proper seasoning and experience, arrives at their destination with the level of confidence required of that position. All too often, however, there remains the danger of allowing that confidence to take on a life of its own, especially when it is allowed to feast on the fruits of its labors unfettered. When that occurs, it often has a way of morphing the personality of the leader who allows that feasting to go unchecked into that of the dreaded "arrogant moron."

Keep reading to find out how God Taught Gideon a good lesson about confidence.

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Chapter I - Leadership Briefing Print E-mail
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People have often accused me of speaking or writing over the heads of my audience. Those critics feel I should lower my expectations for those who listen to me or choose to read what I write. They just don't seem to understand Marines.  We just don't look at things that way. I feel that if I can influence a person to exercise, they will grow stronger and if that philosophy holds true for their physical body, it must also apply to their character and intellect as well. So as you prepare to read this book, get ready also to get actively involved in the manuscript. Argue with me, agree with me or disagree with me. Write in the margins, use a highlighter, challenge my ideas or feel challenged by them, but don't read the book and stagnate. Growth is dynamic and contagious. I have been growing as a leader for many years and my growth has not happened by chance, luck or accident. I have learned and am still learning more every day about what leadership is all about and how to improve mine by trial, error, effort, observation, education and the grace of God.

Keep reading and keep learning.

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Are You Destined To Lead Print E-mail
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This begins the long awaited series on "Leadership Lessons from God, " which I have entitled
 
"Are You Destined To Lead." 
 
Every other week I will add another chapter to the book I intended to publish as my second attempt. However, I have been led by The Holy Spirit to just put it out on the internet. To begin the journey I have started with a Dedication and Forward just as if I was publishing a book. I hope the 20+ chapters prove informative and interesting. 
 
 
"A Biblical Examination of Leadership

 

Skills and Principles"

 
By 

Chief Warrant Officer-4

Ray Fairman, PhD

 

United States Marine Corps (Retired)

"1963 - 1996"

 Christian Soldier (Active Duty)

"1962 - Present"

 "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing."    -- Edmund Burke

 "The mantle of leadership is a cloak that rides heavy on the shoulders of those who are selected to wear it"   --  "Gunner" Ray Fairman

 "To lead with honor, a man must always perform his duty with conviction, courage and compassion; He can never do more and must never do less."   -- "Gunner" Ray Fairman

 

 So lets  get started, Saddle Up and read on Mc Duff, read on.

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