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What’s Determination Have To Do With It?

Bible Character:  Samson

“O sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”  Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood.  Judges 16: 28-29 NIV

Even when facing death, Samson was filled with determination to fight the Philistines, a characteristic that was present the entire 20 years that he led Israel.


A leader has to have a strong inner desire to succeed.  Often self-determination is what separates a leader from a follower.  If the coach is not the most determined person in the room, the team will have trouble winning.

Leadership is often faced with difficult situations.  It takes a resolute individual to confront those challenges, conclude the best answers, and deliver the correct solutions.


“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.” – Peter Drucker

Commitment is similar to determination, but it is the engagement part of the formula.  It’s almost like a promise, which means you will follow through on your goals.  When this is used in a team environment it can be very powerful.

In athletics, you often see this concept.  Two individuals with the same raw ability, but one has a larger commitment towards practice… the hard work to hone that raw talent.  Often when the others on the team see that talented individual putting in the necessary work to improve, others follow suit.


Samson could be accused of not having much patience; nevertheless, often patience is needed at some point of leadership.  Seeing the long term vision, and sticking to the plan even through the peaks and valleys that accompany the effort, is the sign of a determined leader.


Do We Really Have To Collaborate?

Bible Character:  Solomon

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV

The book of Ecclesiastes is a collection of writings from Solomon.  He spends much of the book defining what is meaningless to human existence.  Nonetheless, in the above verse he informs us of how much more powerful two can be compared to one.

Why Do We Resist?

Have you watched a table of young people sitting together lately?  Well, even adults are getting into the act now; a group of individuals who are physically together…but not engaging with each other.  What are they doing?  Usually they are on their smartphones.  Our society is shifting in a direction where direct communication with others happens less frequently.

How does that affect leadership?

Well, if you have a group that doesn’t appreciate collaborating with each other, teamwork will not be effective.  We need each other’s ideas, skills, gifts and consideration to be successful.  It can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it’s important.

It Can’t Be a One Man Show

Things have become more complicated over time and rarely can one person be the jack of all trades.  Because of this we need many individuals with different gifts to make our organizations successful.  Collaboration can be a little scary for a leader whose personality tends to favor being a control freak.

“I can’t think of a business where one leader, acting alone, can deliver superior performance.  We all operate in interdependent teams that rely on each team member or each department to do their piece of the puzzle.” – Cheryl Bachelder

Even Solomon, from way back in biblical times could identify that collaboration between two people is better than one individual acting alone.

Cheryl Bachelder, 2015, Dare-to-Serve p. 94. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

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