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July 2013 - Leadership Lessons from Micah and Nahum

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The shortness of Micah and Nahum causes many to overlook the greatness of their messages.  Certainly both books have religious significance; but like other books in the Bible, they teach lessons for all leaders.  Here are three:

Micah 6:8 1: Leaders should be just, merciful, and humble.

·        The great leader Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  I agree and add this: Unjust leaders influence many followers.

·        Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NASB) History abounds with examples of merciless leaders.  Their behavior gives meaning to the old phrase, “Those who live by the sword can expect to die by the sword.”  Not only should leaders show mercy, they will reap what they sow.

·        The great theologian St Augustine said, “If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility.”  The nore leaders exalt themselves, the further the fall.  Remember the proverb: “Pride goes before the fall.”

Micah 7:3-4: Leaders should not be self-serving.  Micah says the nation is suffering because the people trusted leaders who were more interested in satisfying their own desires than meeting the needs of the people or the country.  Quite simply, leaders must be servant-leaders who seek to positively transform others and the organizations they lead.  No countries or organizations endure which do not have servant leaders.

Nahum 3:18-19: Leaders must develop future leaders.  Nineveh’s leaders were weak and unwilling to provide direction; consequently the people were wandering.   I have learned this from my successes and failures, and those of others: confused and aimless wandering of followers is often the result of leaders not delegating leadership responsibilities and failing to develop leaders.  Leaders simply must plan for the future.  They must engage in succession planning by developing and mentoring those to follow.

Micah and Nahum are short, but they have important theological significance and they provide lessons for leaders.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

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