August 5, 2016

The Best Leaders Are Good Teachers

Written by Boyd Bailey

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Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 5, 2016

After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. Matthew 11:1

Leaders who take the time to explain the “why” behind the “what” to do—expand the team’s capacity. Anybody can dictate what to do, but the wise are patient to instill why you do what you do. This applies to all platforms of leadership: to parents, to preachers, to politicians and to policemen. If a leader only intimidates the staff for short term results—they sacrifice the opportunity to train individuals for long term effectiveness and retention. Why should anyone do what they do? The greatest motivation is to serve for the overall mission of the organization.

Though God in the flesh—Jesus took the time to flesh out the disciples’ faith by instructing them in why to live for Him and serve with Him. Before the Lord went to teach and preach to other people—He invested in training the twelve to understand why they do what they do. Christ’s followers would eventually comprehend they could only do what He taught by surrendering to His Spirit working in and through them. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount only frustrates us if we seek to serve in our own strength, but when empowered and instructed by the Holy Spirit, we are able.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

Perhaps you and your team invest an hour a week in personal and professional development. Compass Financial Bible Study is an effective way to become a better manager of your time, money and stuff. Money managed well gives you margin to serve others well. Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a proven resource to grow trust, create healthy conflict, commit to follow through, have mutual accountability and achieve the right results at work. The best leaders invest in ongoing education, so the team is empowered to execute with excellence.

Above all, lean into the Lord to instruct you in the way you should go. As you remain a student of Scripture—the Holy Spirit will continue to hone your character and competencies. Education from above, saves time below. An uninstructed life is a dull life, but an instructed life is full of life. So as a disciple of Jesus, stay at the feet of Jesus, as a hungry student—who never graduates from God’s graduate school of grace and humility. The best leaders learn from the Lord first and then seek to transfer the lessons they are experiencing to other hungry hearts who want to learn!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).



Heavenly Father, teach me Your ways, so I can share Your truth with the team.


How can I regularly invest in the team, so they can grow better in what they do.

Related Reading

Psalm 25:8, 34:11; Proverbs 1:1-8; Matthew 7:28-29, 13:54; Mark 11:18

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