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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Bible Character:  Obadiah (Prophet)

As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Obadiah 1:15 NIV

Obadiah’s warning that he gave to Edom serves the same today as it did back then.  If you don’t treat others correctly and have a low ethical standard, it will catch up to you.   The basics attributes of being honest, fair, respectful, and bringing a positive attitude are often not observed, which seems to be leading to an ever increasing abuse of power.  Sure, times have been worse before, but God’s blessing has also left.

The people of Edom definitely did not respect Israel, which eventually cost them dearly.  The Edomites were really the people of Esau, and they were fighting the Israelites, who were really the people of Jacob, so in a roundabout way, Esau was still being exposed for what he had done.

Quality leaders don’t compromise.

Integrity = adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. (

Morals = concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical (

Individuals who maintain high integrity and moral standard shine like bright stars on a very dark night.  Their character gives them credibility, which is something people will follow. People will respect and trust them.

Opposite of a quality leader is the one who struggles with “fleshy” wrongdoings.  They never seem to take personal responsibility.  They can suffer from an overindulgence of selfishness, deceit, too much pride, greediness, and anger.  A leader can get away with this type of behavior for a short period of time, but generally they are exposed, just as the Edomite’s were.

Ref: Bible Hub, Obadiah Summary, by Jay Smith, Ultimate bible summary collection.


The Youth Vs. The Experienced

Bible Reference: Proverbs

The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. Proverbs 20:29

This verse is short…but it tells a lot.  It’s important to consider that there is value in both the young and the old.

You are leading someone that is younger or older than you…how do you find success?

Trust Each Other

The Baby Boomers are still a large portion of the workforce, and are slow to trust someone half their age…especially if that person is their boss!!  The same can be said for much of Generation X.   I can personally remember going the extra mile for Baby Boomers, trying to build their trust, only to have them become more skeptical of me because I was treating them extra nice.  Frustrating.

Why did this happen?  It’s really not about treating each other extra special as it is about having respect.  The verse above references gray hair; I assume that’s referring to experience.  When we’re young we often think we know it all.  Having a “know it all” approach is not constructive when trying to garner support from an older generation.

Respect is a two way street.  If it’s only the younger generation respecting the more experienced…there will definitely be a breakdown.  We need the strength of the youth too, and that energy is something to be appreciated.


The older generation believes in total honesty, and often will not trust individuals who don’t subscribe to this policy. Sometimes we don’t comprehend how important this is…even on the small issues.  Baby Boomers want to hear the truth, even when the truth hurts.

The youth and experienced don’t have to just co-exist; they need to come together as one.

False Words…Secrets…Gossip…

Bible Character:  Isaiah (Prophet)

The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down.  Those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court with a false testimony deprive the innocent of justice. Isaiah 29:20-21 NIV


I will be the first to admit that I sometimes gossip about others. I wish I wouldn’t, and I try my hardest to refrain from the practice.  Sometimes, people gossip to me about others and it makes me wonder if they also gossip about me when I am not present.  Can I trust them?

Trust is so vital for successful organizations and someone that continually gossips does not get entrusted with important information.

Low Morale

The morale of an organization can be fragile at times.  How much harder is it to keep morale high when you have associates who delight in speaking negatively about others, just so they can informally prop themselves up higher?  How demotivating is it when individuals who tell false words about others are promoted to higher positions? Especially if they have spoken on false pretenses.

Do the Opposite

The personal gratification that comes from gossiping does not outweigh the negative consequences of the slander.  A leader’s actions filter down through the organization and become the standard in which others model their behavior.  While there are times when leaders need to speak critical words, these situations still require a respectful tone.  Just imagine the person is in the room with you, and it will keep the tone from becoming slanderous.

Isaiah warned the Israelites this type of behavior would destroy them; it’s no different for our organizations.

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