Exo. 18:13-14 - It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. 14 Now when Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?"
Exo. 18:17-18 - Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you are doing is not good. 18"You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone…"
Moses had to be a humble man because he accepted the advice of his father-in-law.
What about us today?
Is our system geared for failure? Are we trying to be like Moses in control of everything?
If you have not learned to surround yourself with people you can trust you have already failed as a leader. Your team will know if you trust them. You cannot build a successful team without trust.
A leader doesn't try to do it all. A leader is one who enlists the help of others. They will accomplish each task as a team. The "Bottom Line" is they trust each other. They work together to accomplish the goal.
They passed the ball 40 times and ran the ball 36 times. This looks pretty even to me. They had a good plan and they worked their plan.
Manning used five different receivers and two different ball carriers. This is what you call spreading the wealth around or showing your teammates you trust them in the heat of the battle.
Are you a leader?
Are you spreading the wealth around?
Moses had a plan but it was horrible one. It wasn't even close to a good plan. Moses plan was simply get up early and work all day while everyone else watches you work. Make people stand in long lines in the heat of the day.
I don't even like to stand in line at an air-conditioned grocery store. I would rather go and ring up the items myself then wait in a line.
Here was Moses' plan. You can bring me your problems and wait your turn in this really long line in the heat of the day.
Jethro had a good plan for Moses and it was enlist men who can judge over a 1,000 people, 100 people, 50 people and 10 people. If a person brings a case and the judges can't answer it then they will bring this case to Moses. They will bring the hard cases to him.
Jethro has a great plan for Moses and Moses is wise enough to implement it. As soon as he found some qualified men. (If you choose someone and they don't workout a leader knows how to replace them immediately.)
Then use these same qualifications for your future teammates, or employees.
A Leader will have some one that will speak the truth to him.
A Leader will listen to the one who speaks the truth to him.
Moses had Jethro, a leader in his own right. He was able to read the situation and determine correctly the outcome. A man like Jethro is extremely valuable to the team or company.
Think on This:
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. by Peter F. Drucker
Gary A. Serago
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