Monday, October 27, 2014

Leadership Promises - Read the Need, Then Lead

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;  And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;  For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you."  Proverbs 25:21-22
Leadership Promises - Read the Need, Then Lead
Leadership Promises - Read the Need, Then Lead.
Leaders need to respond to individuals based on their needs rather than their faults. The Lord encourages us to see what others need - even our enemies - and respond accordingly.

Good leaders do this well. They don't lead out of a predetermined package of behaviors, but size up every situation and discern what must happen to reach the desired goal. Like a quarterback who reads the defense, then calls an audible from the line of scrimmage, good leaders remain flexible and may change their response, based not on what a person deserves, but on what they need to succeed. Good leaders follow this path in difficult situations:
  1. They need - They aren't afraid to admit they need to listen and get understanding.
  2. They read - They evaluate what has happened and what steps are best to take.
  3. They feed - They communicate what they've observed to key players.
  4. They heed - They act on the basis of their discovery, even if it means change.
  5. They lead - They provide direction to those involved.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible. Good day!

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