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December 2012 - Three Leadership Lessons from Isaiah

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Dr. John KlineI am in the process of developing three university courses on Leadership Lessons from the Bible. One focuses on lessons from the Old Testament up to the books of prophecy, another on the Prophets, and another on the New Testament. Each course presents approximately thirty lessons. I could easily easily write a column on each of them. But in this month’s column I will present three lessons from Isaiah. The book opens with Isaiah prophesying concerning God’s judgment of Israel for its sin and rebellion and calling for the people to repent. Then after the death of King Uzziah of Judah, Isaiah gets his opportunity. (See 6:8 ff)

Call—The Lord asked, “Who will I send and who will go for us?” Isaiah demonstrated an important lesson: Leaders must be able to see the opportunity to lead. Isaiah had been preparing and positioning himself for such an opportunity. Leaders can’t expect to step into leadership roles without preparation. Furthermore, they must recognize an opportunity when it presents itself. Individuals are often blind to an opportunity to lead when it comes their way. This may happen when leaders are not actively looking for the opportunity or when they are so focused on one specific leadership opportunity, that they miss another one when it presents itself. Isaiah was ready, when the opportunity came.

Confidence—Isaiah said, “Here am I send me.” Isaiah demonstrated another important lesson of leadership.  Leaders must possess the confidence to lead. I wrote in October 2008 that without confidence, or the belief in oneself and one’s abilities, leaders will fail. Not only will they lack faith in themselves to lead, their followers will lack confidence in them as leaders and will not want to follow.

Commitment—Isaiah signed on for a long term commitment. Leaders must possess true desire and commitment to stay the course. Leaders who fail to commit are committing to failure. Leaders can’t quit when the job is half done. Leaders must be committed to be in it for the long haul.

Next month I will present three more lessons of leadership that we can learn from Isaiah.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama

December 2012 - Three Leadership Lessons from Isaiah
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