The Heart of a Leader
Bible Character: King Hezekiah
One king of Judah that demonstrated a lot of heart was Hezekiah. Possibly the two most important accomplishments under his leadership were building what is called the “Hezekiah Tunnel” and the “Broad Wall”. The tunnel changed the direction of the supply water for the city and the wall also helped as a defense for the city.
Often leaders are referred to as having “heart”. A person may wonder what an internal organ of the human body has to do with leadership. The heart could be considered our “engine”; it’s what keeps us going. A heart pumps blood, and often leaders need to be the one that is pumping blood through the organization. Questions someone might ask when they look at these leaders:
Do they believe in what the mission is?
Are they dedicated to the organization?
Do they have the stamina to pump blood, or energy to the rest of the organization to keep it going?
Are they pure in motives… keeping the heart/organization healthy?
Do they perform routine maintenance to make sure the organization is healthy?
Are the vital areas of the heart protected, the values of the organization?
2Kings 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There’s no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
When King Hezekiah first came into power he was much of a reformer. He wanted to restore Judah back to the religious standards they once held. He restored the prosperity of the country through great wealth. So, when he built the “Tunnel” and the “Wall”, he was really building a defense for the heart of the country, Jerusalem.
Is your heart for leadership healthy, strong and protected?