So you’re a leader. You hold a position in your business, church, or other organization. You’re the CEO. Maybe you’re the lead pastor. Maybe you hold an auxiliary aide position such as a secretary of a corporation or treasurer of a not-for-profit organization. Have you ever done an inventory and/or evaluation of what it is you actually do?
Successful organizations have a detailed plan of action and exact objectives to achieve their goal in mind. As an exercise take a moment and do the following three (3) things:
1. Describe your current function as a leader – Are you performing tasks consistent to your job/title description or are you deviating from the established plan of action?
2. What type of skill-set do you have to perform your task? – What qualifies you to do what you do? Education? Prior experience? etc.
3. Do you have a plan for continuing education? – Since this world is constantly changing, are you keeping your mind sharp in your area of expertise?
The Effective Leader has many qualities; however we will only focus on three of them today. We will look at these qualities through the life of Moses. We will go over them briefly and in between discuss them as it pertains to each one of you.
The Effective Leader as Seen in Moses
1. Quality Time with God – In Exodus 24 God tells Moses to go up to the top of the mountain. Every leader needs a time to be away from the team to connect with God. Whether you’re leading a business or a church, it’s during this quality time with God where you really get to connect with Him at an intimate level. God gave Moses a blueprint for leading during this time. He wants to do the same with you!
2. Skill Set - What skill-set did Moses have that qualified him to be the leader of Israel? He was not a natural-born leader, he complained of his speech. He was insecure. He did not want to do the job. The truth is God insisted that Moses be a leader. Moses had legal education, what better candidate to reveal the LAW to?! Can you relate to him? For too long I have seen leaders ignore their strengths due to their insecurities. Make sure that today you give God all of your insecurities and allow him to help you in the development of your skill-set.
3. Influence – If people are not following you then you should re-evaluate your strategy, plan, and work ethic. Moses was able to have the people of Israel follow him into the desert on a 40 year journey. It was not a group of 20 people, it was millions of people. They had issues and were hard-headed but he still was able to lead them. How are you being influential?
In conclusion the leader must continue on a life-long journey of learning. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself. Overall, dedicate yourself…to God and his work.
Exodus 32:34 “Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of…”
What other qualities do you think an effective leader has?
Recommended Resources to Read:
1. it by Craig Groeschel
2. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
3. www.ConsiderUp.com by Jonathan Iguina