July 25, 2015

Leaders Learn

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 25, 2015

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman. Proverbs 7:4

Leaders are learners, but when they stop learning they cease to lead wisely. Education is an enlightened envoy for leaders who think ahead and are engaged in effective execution. If a leader does not assess the facts of a situation and operate in reality, he loses any advantage he might possess. Circumspect living is the life of a leader who is ever learning.

A leader continually asks questions like the following: “How can we better understand what the customer wants and needs?” “How can I get out of the way as the leader, supporting the team to be successful?” “How can our organization go from good to great by integrating and sustaining industry-best practices?” Leaders who learn ask the right questions, get the most accurate answers, and are able to make the wisest decisions.

“But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, ‘First seek the counsel of the Lord’” (1 Kings 22:5).

Furthermore, leaders learn by listening to the Lord and to the wisdom found in His Word. Indeed, it is not a one-time educational event but the ongoing purging of pride, pretense, and prayerlessness. Wisdom becomes a beloved sister to whom you go for counsel. Humility grows into a trusted friend with whom you can confide. The Holy Bible is your defense and armor against the assault of unwise thinking.

Therefore read, study, and apply the Word of God regularly to your life. Read books that highlight bright examples of leaders worth emulating. Learn by listening to teachers who communicate truth with clarity and conviction. Learn from your mistakes, and do not repeat them. Learn forgiveness from your family, service from your friends, and love from your enemies.

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” (Philippians 2:1–2).

Prayer: What life lessons do I need to currently learn so the Lord can entrust me with further educational opportunities?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 6:6–9; Psalm 90:12; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 2 Timothy 4:13

Post/Tweet this today: Circumspect living is the life of a leader who is ever learning. #leaders #wisdomhunters

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