An important part of a leader’s responsibility is to create structure and organization so their team knows how they fit into the big picture and why they do what they do. Read Ezekiel 40-44.
In the 25th year of exile in Babylon, God appeared to Ezekiel and gave him a vision concerning the structure, organization and operation of the temple when the people returned to Jerusalem. God went into great detail as He described the order and organization that He designed into His temple. This, like many other scriptures, shows just how important structure and organization are in God’s design for leadership. Effective leaders create structure that enhances productivity and nurtures the emotional health of those they lead.
Tags: Creating order and organization, Creating structure and organization, Emotional health, Lack of harmony, Miscommunication, Social Enviroment, Structure enhances productivity, Structure must change with changing siturations, The Big Picture
Leaders must manage conflict to develop teamwork among those on their team. Read Ezekiel 37:15-28.
This Messianic passage describes God’s ideal for what leadership is to accomplish. Ezekiel enacts a symbol. Two sticks, representing the southern and northern kingdoms of Israel (Judah and Joseph being the chief tribes, respectively), are joined to form one stick, symbolizing the unity of the nation of Israel on its return to the homeland. These verses contain several references to peace and unity. Tribes that butted heads often during Israel’s history will have their conflict end. When conflict management works as it will in the Messianic Kingdom tensions are released, there is mutual understanding, and teamwork flourishes.
Tags: A team can flourish, Get professional help to resolve conflicts, God's ideal for leadership, Managing conflict, Messianic Kingdom, Mutual Understanding, Peace, Resolve issues face-to-face, Teamwork, Tensions can be released, Unity
God raises up leaders to nurture their team. Read Ezekiel 34:1-16.
At the end of chapter 33 God has Ezekiel explain the fall of Jerusalem to the Jews living in exile in Babylon. In chapter 34 God uses an analogy of a shepherd to describe how leaders in Jerusalem had abused those entrusted to their care. Their actions were part of the problem that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. In verses 11-16 the Lord of Israel explains how He leads the people as the Great Shepherd and gives leaders today a model for care of those entrusted to them:
Tags: Analogy of a leader to a shepherd, Concern for your team, God promises His personal involvement, God raises up leaders, God rescues, God strengthens the weak, Leaders who abuse their team, Savvy leaders, Shepherd-leaders, There is an ebb and flow to life
God holds leaders accountable as a watchman to warn their team when they drift from God’s standards. Read Ezekiel 33:1-9.
God had established a remnant of Jews from the nation of Judah in Babylon. Even though they were captives exiled in Babylon their lives had been spared and they had been allowed to establish community. Ezekiel was assigned by God as their prophet to bring His words directly to the people.
Tags: Accountable, Core beliefs, Drift from God's standards, Fulfill your responsibility to your team, Moral Leadership, Outright moral rebellion, Responsibility to warn others, Warn your team, Watchman
Leaders can take on a dangerous kind of pride when they accept credit for what God is doing. Read Ezekiel 31:1-18.
Ezekiel tells us that on June 21, 587 BC God asked him to write His words about the upcoming fall from power of Egypt. Ezekiel used an allegory comparing Egypt to a cedar tree that had grown more massive (powerful) than all other trees (nations) because it was nourished by the rich soil along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They were being judged and would fall from power because the Pharaoh took credit for their lofty position and in his pride usurped God’s glory. Egypt was handed over to Babylon who is described in verse 12 as “…the most ruthless of foreign nations.”
Tags: Core beliefs, Egypts fall from power, Exercise control, Ezekiel, Lack of trust in God's sovereignty, Pride, Pride that ignores God's sovereignty, Stealing God's Glory, Taking credit when it is not due, Usurping God's glory