Remove Troublemakers… “Drive out the mocker and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” Proverbs 22:10
Some people are set on setting others on edge with their uncaring actions. Whether it’s for affect, or from a malicious heart their goal is to get under the skin of their victims and gain control. You know they are in charge when they are able to manipulate your emotions. They prey on good people. Chronic troublemakers only listen to what they want to hear, and will not reason. They mock authority and use gossip to facilitate fear.
Their approach may be passive or active, but either way the result is the same: strife, quarrels and insults. There is relational wreckage after they inflict their influence into a situation. Why doesn’t someone stand up to their intimidation tactics? Perhaps people are afraid of conflict, or are not confident to challenge such a persuasive persona. Left alone a mocker will scoff and scorn until they get their way. They are ungracious and abusive.
So what is the leader to do? How do you respond to an attitude that sows discord within your organization? Ignoring is not an option, because their intensity of words will only increase. It’s up to the leader to lead, and in this case to clearly define expectations with verbal and written communication. Perhaps there is another party prodding on the mocker. If so, make sure to include them in the cessation of unacceptable actions.
Make clear if their shenanigans do not cease then they will need to transition out of the business or ministry. It is imperative you do not allow one or two people to spoil the spirit of an entire team or company. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” (Galatians 5:9). The Lord does not tolerate troublemakers, “No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure” (Psalm 101:5b, NASB). Will I be bold and confront pride and arrogance? Am I willing to make the hard decision for the team’s sake?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
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