Daily D – Psalm 78:70-72
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Are leaders born or made? Yes.
Every leader was born. It’s hard to start any other way. Leaders are also made. They are made through experience, education, and guidance.
Our first leadership is self-leadership. A person who learns to lead himself or herself well grows in capacity to lead others well. Leaders are learners. Each day and its experiences enlarge understanding and increase abilities for those with a mindset of growth and development. It is hard to trust a leader who does not have a bent toward learning.
Experience is a separator in leadership. Those who have been there and done that have the advantage over those who have not. Evaluated experience creates another level of separation from those who have experience without reflection. Some people never seem to learn from their experiences.
Education beyond the most recent classroom and the last degree is another separator. Those who pay the price to gain knowledge and skills benefit from enlarged perspective. Some of the best advice you will ever hear is what a freshman English professor told his students. He said, “Get all the education you can. It will open doors for you that will remain closed otherwise.” He noted one of his professors gave him this advice years before just like someone told his professor the same thing.
Some truths endure the tests of time.
Every leader needs a mentor, a coach, a teacher, a counselor, and a friend. Wise guidance makes us smarter, better, and faster. Who fills these roles for you?
Go back to the verses above. Ponder King David’s life before he became king and then afterward. Who filled these roles for him?
The next time you meet with a leader of significance, ask about the network of leaders who fill these roles for him or her.
- Who is in your network?
- Who do you need in your network?
- What is your single best next step you can take today toward the leader you want to become?
I will cultivate a network of wise leaders who will stretch my leadership capacity.
Our Father, thank you for the wise men and women you have strategically placed in my life. Enrich me with more like them who can help me lead myself and others with integrity and skill. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.