PODCAST: The Leader’s Preparation, Part 11 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done Podcast #62 with Daniel Whyte III)

Leadership That Gets the Job Done Podcast — Episode 62

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Leadership That Gets the Job Done” Podcast, Episode 62.

Our Bible passage for this episode is Proverbs 16:7 which says, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Our quote for this episode is from John Holt, who said, “Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. “Leadership qualities” are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.”

In this podcast, we are using three books as our texts: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby; Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell; and Organizational and Management Leadership: A Christian Perspective by Anita Satterlee.

Our topic today is Part 11 of “Chapter 3: The Leader’s Preparation: How God Develops Leaders” from Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby. They continue:

God’s Work in Leaders’ Lives

GOD GIVES HIS HOLY SPIRIT

Although childhood experiences, physical strength, failures, successes, and even birth order can impact general leadership abilities, there is an added dimension to the personal growth of a spiritual leader not found in secular leadership development. That is the active work of the Holy Spirit. Oswald Sanders notes: “There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader.” Spiritual ends require spiritual means and spiritual means come only by the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul identified leadership as something the Holy Spirit enabled people to do.

This truth is evident in God’s message to Zerubbabel, the governor over Jerusalem, who oversaw the rebuilding of the temple after the Jewish exiles’ return from Babylon. Zerubbabel undertook the daunting task of governing a region decimated by war and exile, as well as rebuilding a massive temple that lay in ruins. At this critical juncture, he received this message from God: “‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of Hosts”. Zerubbabel may have thought his primary concerns were brick and mortar, finances, taxation, and the surrounding enemies. But the deluged governor learned an invaluable lesson: spiritual leaders require the Spirit to work in their lives even when it involves undertaking tasks that appear to be unspiritual. Erecting buildings, administering people, and raising money are all spiritual jobs when the Spirit is involved. Without the Spirit’s presence, people may be leaders, but they are not spiritual leaders.

GOD DEVELOPS REQUIRED SKILLS

A current debate in leadership theory relates to dealing with leaders’ strengths and weaknesses. Every person has both. The issue is on where should you focus. For years self-help experts promised to improve your weaknesses. While there were some success stories, many people grew frustrated at their lack of progress as they found themselves spending so much time working on their weaknesses their strengths deteriorated.

In their influential book Now Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton argue that focusing on improving one’s weaknesses is a waste of time. They cite a Gallup survey of 190,000 employees from 7,938 companies in which people were asked: “At work do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?” They discovered that most people spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with their weaknesses so they never have the opportunity to thrive in areas of their strength. Moreover, those who work in areas of their strength are much more motivated and produce greater results than those who do not. Buckingham and Clifton also note the higher up the corporate ladder people ascend, the less time they spend working in their areas of strength. Their book provides numerous inventories to determine your strengths. The authors encourage people to avoid wasting time trying to improve or change their talents but to focus instead on where they excel.

This message has understandably become popular. Experienced leaders know they must hire to their weaknesses. Just as Walt Disney was the creative genius, so he wisely relied on his administratively oriented brother Roy to handle the financial side of operations. Walt might never have produced Snow White or other classics had he assumed primary responsibility for administration. He applied his creative genius where he could make his unique contribution.

— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.