Friday, May 2, 2014

Leadership Promises - Unchecked Emotion-Unsuccessful Leadership

"Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, 'Let not my lord suppose they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for only Amnon is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar'."  2 Samuel 13:32
Leadership Promises - Unchecked Emotion-Unsuccessful Leadership
 After David sinned with Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan warned the king that the sword would never depart from his house. And David endured domestic problems from that day on. No one saw this more clearly than his son, Absalom. When Amnon raped Absolom's sister Tamar and David did nothing about it, Absalom became irate. After his attempts to get an audience with his father failed, Absalom decided to get everyone's attention. He avenged his sister Tamar by murdering Amnon, his half-brother. For this crime his father banished him. After he was permitted to return, Absalom got angry with General Joab and set his field on fire.

Despite his actions, Absalom couldn't get the fatherly attention he wanted so desperately. So he used his passion to sabotage his father's leadership. In the end, Absalom died a maverick leader whose passion went awry.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible
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