As I aspire to be a leader that the Lord God wants me to be, I want to share the passages that inspire me to grow as a leader. What would be the best way to learn about good leadership other than looking at the dealings of God and the lives of the people whom He appoints? Not only that the Bible teaches and inspires spiritual growth, rather it is a complete life instructional book authored by God – a user manual from the very Creator.
So for my first post about leadership, I take on the advice of Jethro to Moses on how to handle work loads.
The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”
Exodus 18:13-23 ESV
Even back then, delegation is an important aspect of leading people. As a leader, it is usually the case when there are too much to do with so little time. Jethro was correct saying that it is not good to take on too many things alone. In an organization or team environment, it will cause bottlenecks and will wear out the leader eventually. For a leader, it is important to identify which tasks can he (or she) delegate to his members. Then finding the right people to entrust the tasks is the next step. This is critical because getting the wrong people for the job sets them up for failure and it is not good either. So it requires careful assessment and some help from the Lord for guidance. As for getting the right people, it is helpful to encourage them to grow on the role and still provide an oversight on their progress.
Finally, this passage also inspires me to strive for humility. This all tells me that being a leader does not exempt me from needing to receive advice or criticisms from all sides of the fence (whether from followers, peers or bosses). Corrections may be a pill that is hard to swallow but in the end it intends to do good. Furthermore, given the success and the authority that God handed to Moses, he remained humble.
Soli Deo Gloria!
PS. I’m still in the process of learning delegation and humility but atleast I know the concept based on what Scriptures tells us. I know I’m on the right track.