In the world but not of it

April 17, 2010

Bad leaders…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked. Proverbs 29:12

Rehoboam’s life is a good model for a bad leader. When he came into power after his father Solomon, he was more interested in the position rather than the people. He hired all new advisors that had the wrong experience or just not enough of it.  He shunned the counsel of his father’s men that had helped Solomon lead and enjoyed a prosperous time. He threatened people with how he was going to lead and his entire reign was filled with strife amongst his neighbors and his own family, especially his brother Jeroboam.

We read these stories and wonder why it is that some people, when given the opportunity to lead, don’t honor the position and accept it with humility and privilege.

There is a continuous news feed in the media related to stories of bad corporate, government, church and other types of leaders. The bad leader headline is so prevalent that we have become numb to it.

People crave leadership and will succumb to the worst kind of it because they fear losing a position or an income. Bad leaders know this and they try and motivate by fear. This really troubles me since I see it all the time and I see the bruised and crushed lives of their victims. I see talented and gifted people deflated because their leader is arrogant, ignorant and has no regard for the lives of his people but rather only to look out for his reputation.

If you are in any kind of leadership position today, whether you oversee one or one hundred people, please take a moment to reflect on how your people are doing.

Are you praying for them? Are you praying with them or minimally with your own leaders who help oversee them?

Do you see them as a mission field or a money machine? Do they know they have access to you anytime to discuss concerns and issues, even if it is about you, without being judged?

Do you empower and enable them to use their gifts, talents and passions or do you quench those desires in their lives because they don’t fit into your mold?

We desperately need godly leaders…


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