|Leadership Promises for Every Day|
John C. Maxwell
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Applauded as one of the world's most popular leadership experts, John C. Maxwell distills many of his winning concepts and scriptural meditations into a daily devotional. Delivered with his trademark style of confidence and clarity, Maxwell addresses a host of relevant topics including success, stewardship, teamwork, and mentoring. Learn how to unlock your potential and make life-changing decisions with God's help!
Invitation to Lead
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth..." Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
God is the Ultimate Leader, and He calls every believer to lead others. God could have arranged His creation in any number of ways, but He chose to create human beings who possess spirits and the capacity to relate to Him and follow Him, yet who are not forced to do so.
When mankind fell into sin, God could have executed a plan of redemption that did not include sinful people, but He has called us to participate and to lead others as we follow Him. God made that clear from the beginning when He stated, "have dominion" (Genesis 1:28).
The call to leadership is a consistent pattern in the Bible. When God decided to raise up a nation of His own, He didn't call upon the masses. He called out one leader - Abraham. When He wanted to deliver His people out of Egypt, He didn't guide them as a group. He raised up a leader to do it - Moses. When it came time for the people to cross into the Promised Land, they followed one man - Joshua.
Every time God desired to do something great, He called a leader to step forward. Today He still calls leaders to step forward for every work - both large and small.
-The Maxwell Leadership Bible
Grow A Leader - Grow the Organization
So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people...Many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. Acts 3:12, 4:4
A company cannot grow without, until its leaders grow within. I often am amazed at the money, energy, and marketing that organizations focus on areas that will not produce growth. Slick brochures and catchy slogans will never overcome imcompetent leadership.
In 1981 I became senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, which had averaged 1,000 in attendance from 1969-1981. It was obviously on a plateau. When I called my first staff meeting, I gave a lecture with the thesis, "Leaders determine the level of an organization." I drew a line across a marker board and wrote the number "1,000." I shared that although I knew the staff could lead 1,000 people effectively, I did not know whether they could lead 2,000 people. When the leaders changed positively, I knew the growth would become automatic. Now, I had to help them change themselves.
The strength of any organization is a direct result of the strength of its leaders.
Weak leaders = weak organizations.
Strong leaders = strong organizations.
Everything rises and falls on leadership.
-Developing the Leaders Around You
Excerpted from Leadership Promises for Every Day by John C. Maxwell.
Thomas Nelson, 2003
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