Do you give your team the needed resources and empower them to utilize their skills? (183-5)
The wise leader develops and empowers other leaders to insure their leadership is not limited. Read Nahum 3:18-19.
In chapter 3, Nahum offers a lengthy proclamation of judgment and destruction on Nineveh. He begins in verse 1 by saying, “Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims.” At the end of chapter 3, God offers insight into one of the fatal weaknesses when He says, “O king of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.” The leaders at the top of the Assyrian society had not developed other leaders, therefore the people were “scattered” with “no one to gather them.”
Because the king of Assyria had failed to develop the leadership necessary to effectively run the nation, he had no way to change what was happening to the people. His population had grown too large to be managed by one man or a small group of leaders. Without leaders the people grew blind and failed at their duties; they were scattered physically and emotionally with no leader to organize them and they had no relief or healing from their wounds. These conditions crippled the most powerful nation in the known world and made them easy prey for the well organized Babylonians.
Leaders have to know many things and do so much well that the wise leader develops the leaders on their team to broaden the team’s ability through using all their teammate’s gifts and skills. A team’s boundaries expand and their scope of influence is broadened when the skills of the entire team are utilized. Wise leaders do more than give lip service to the leaders on their team, they give them the needed resources and empower them to utilize their skills. When a team is using all the leadership resources available each leader is fulfilled and they avoid the fatal weakness experienced by the Assyrians.
Luke 6:40 “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
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