Often I wonder if many Christian leaders view leading in a way that honours God as an obligation rather than an advantage. I believe they know it’s what God would want but wonder if it really delivers the best results. I led large daily newspapers across the country with leadership principles that were clearly Christian, although I wouldn’t have recognized them as this at the time. In return, I was blessed with hard working dedicated teams.
As I followed God’s call away from that business and became a Christian, God brought my practical newspaper experience together with a love for His word. Here I discovered that God’s way is always the best way. I recall reading for the first time my favourite 14 leadership words, “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” (Psalm 78:72) This is the essence of great leadership: it takes a caring heart of integrity and skillful hands. The development of skillful hands is a life long apprenticeship.
I hope this blog will, over the months and years, contribute in some small way to the development of your skillful hands.
A final word of warning and encouragement. Leading God’s way is not leading the world’s way, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:9) and, “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (I Corinthians 1:20) The world is full of leadership foolishness packaged as wisdom. As you ponder the latest best seller or Ted Talk always ask yourself: What does God’s word, the Bible, say? If it is contradicted in the Bible as it so often is you can be assured it is just more well packaged foolishness.
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May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you.