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The Good Old Days

Bible Character: Solomon

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV

It’s sometimes tempting to think our best days are behind us. How do leaders embrace a brighter future?

Half Glass Full

A leader’s perspective on circumstances influences the overall organization. We often hear the question…is your glass half full or half empty. Some symptoms of viewing the glass half empty are…continual negativity, weak convictions, a resistance to change, and an overall unpleasant attitude.

The opposite is the optimistic individual. Optimism is having a more favorable view or approach to the conditions that surround you, and expecting positive outcomes.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.Harry Truman

Vision

Seeing opportunities that lay in the future and setting the course falls on leadership. The optimistic leader can apply a positive prospective to a forward looking vision.   That positive perspective enables them to inspire others towards the vision more easily.

Founding Fathers

Our country was founded by individuals who believed in a different, better way of governing people. Their vision for a free society and determination for something better resulted in the United States of America. They studied all the history of world governments up to that point and came up with something greater than anybody had ever conceived. They sacrificed their personal safety and wealth to create this country for us. We are lucky they were not the type to buy into the notion that the best days were behind us.

Are You Different?

Bible Character:  Caleb (The 2nd “good spy”)

Different is defined as not being alike in character or quality; differing; dissimilar. (Dictionary.com)

But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24 NIV

Many people know what is “right,” but not everyone has the courage to follow through with the truth.

Against the Flow

Caleb came back from spying on the land of Canaan and believed it was God’s plan for the Israelites to take the land; most of the other spies concluded the opposite.  When “most” are against you it takes courage to stand up for what you believe is right.

Some organizations are designed to have individuals defend an idea or viewpoint that is opposite of what the majority of the organization desires.  They have this practice to insure they are evaluating all of their options without conforming to the commonality.

Vision

Leaders are often visionaries, its one characteristic that makes them different.  Getting others to see and understand that vision is what separates great leaders from dreamers.  Developing the process and organization to accomplish that vision is vitally important.

Caleb could see the Israelites in the land of Canaan, but he and Joshua were unable to persuade Moses and the rest of the Israelites to initially endorse it.

Standing up for Moral Standards

There is little debate that our Judeo-Christian standards as a whole are deteriorating.  The counter effect of this is that someone who exhibits these standards is noticeably “different”.  Nonetheless, if you make a deeper inquiry, you’ll discover that a great leader understands the importance of ethics and maintaining a noble character.

Be “Different.”

Why are Charismatic Leaders so Inspirational?

Bible Character: David

David was small in stature, just a boy, but he possessed more courage than any other man in Saul’s army. His actions and words inspired those around him.

Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 1 Samuel 17:49 NIV

Confidence

A charismatic leader has little room for doubt. Confidence in themselves and in the goals of the organization takes precedence. David displayed no uncertainty when he faced Goliath.

Vision

An essential characteristic of creating change is having vision. Charismatic leaders have a way creating eagerness towards accomplishing long term organizational goals. David’s vision went well beyond his lifetime, with one of his greatest dreams being fulfilled by his son Solomon when he built the temple.

Communication

Charismatic leaders are generally considered great communicators.   Using a sports analogy – would you prefer a coach that is really mellow before a game, or do you prefer a coach whose pre-game speech is so passionate that it fuels your inner fire and desire?

Results

David got results! Some of his contributions included many military victories, great economic growth, and widespread building development. He accomplished this all with God’s blessing.

So what can go wrong?

In the spring of the year, the time when kings normally go out to do battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They devastated the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1 NIV

Even though the Israelites won this particular battle, they began to miss David’s enthusiasm. A leader that depends purely on charisma runs the risk of the organization depending too much on their personality.  

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