Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Leadership Promises - Learning From Your Predecessor

"So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he went out and struck him down, and he died. Thus the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon."  1 Kings 2:46 (nkjv). Solomon had to make some tough but crucial leadership decisions at the beginning of his reign.
Leadership Promises - Learning From Your Predecessor
First, he had to deal with men scheming for power-even his own brother, Adonijah, tried to set up his own kingdom. One by one, King Solomon discerned the loyalties of his associates, then removed all who refused to cooperate with him.

Solomon knew he could never work with renegades, no matter how influential or strategic they might seem. The young king ensured that his inner circle would include only loyal men who wanted to work with him.

David had seen these troubles brewing on the horizon. He knew he was placing his successor in a precarious leadership situation, but twice he confidently declared that Solomon would know what to do. David understood that those closest to Solomon would greatly hinder or improve his level of success. Solomon understood the same thing-and wisely acted on it.
Good day.

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