Moses: The Prototypical
joked that Moses was a great visionary—one who used tablets long before
Apple thought of it and a man whose top-ten list preceded Letterman by
thousands of years. All joking aside, Moses was the prototypical
visionary leader. He had a vision (vivid mental image), he knew how to
get there and then he was able to articulate it with words and
actions—the three things every leader needs. See:
Moses demonstrated five traits of visionary leadership.
Articulate clear goals and not give up till they are accomplished.
Moses’ first goal, to convince Pharaoh to let the people go, was
difficult to achieve; but ten plagues later, Moses led the people across
the Red Sea to the Sinai Desert. Forty years later, long after most
leaders would have given up, Moses led them to the edge of their
destination; where his successor, Joshua, took them into Canaan. Moses
Hold to core values and not be corrupted by power. Moses delivered the
Ten Commandments—core values from which he never wavered. Rather than
become inflated with self importance as a leader of millions, he
continually reaffirmed his faith in God. For the last forty years of his
life as the people wandered in the wilderness, Moses held true to what
Continually communicate the vision and give the hope of a better world.
The people complained and wished to return to Egypt, yet Moses
resolutely communicated the vision of going to the Promised Land—a land
“flowing with milk and honey.” Although plagued with detours and
difficulties, Moses kept the vision alive.
Transform the people and organization by replacing old paradigms with
new maps “outside the box” of conventional thought. A people who for
centuries had been slaves in Egypt were transformed into believing they
were a chosen people—the first great step to understanding they had a
redemptive message and mission for the world.
Exhibit love and devotion to the people. Although the people’s behavior
continually disappointed Moses, he persisted in interceding on their
behalf even after he learned he would not be allowed to lead them into
the Promised Land.
month we will see how Moses personified exemplary character.