Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 9
The Proof Of A Great Leader…
Most leaders, by means of their position and authority, can get their followers to work towards a goal. Yet, getting people to do what you ask is not the mark of great leadership. There is a better way to measure great leadership: happy followers.
Desiring God posted a great article recently on this passage, and I am taking much of this main idea from 2 Chronicles 9 from them, and hope it is an encouragement to you.
So, as we look at this text, we see the Queen of Sheba visit Solomon. His fame was renowned. So much so, that even the queen had to come see it with her own eyes. The result was that she was even more impressed than the rumors had previously left her. She was amazed! His wisdom, his riches, his house, his food, the obedience and attendance of the leaders in his care, and even his servant’s clothing; it all took her breath away!
And starting in verse 5, she responds to Solomon with praise. She praises him, and ultimately then praises his God. But what is interesting is that her praises to/about Solomon show something much more praiseworthy than wealth. She is captivated by something far greater than his wealth. She is amazed that the people under Solomon’s care are happy.
I’m sure Sheba knows the perils of leadership. Which is one of the reasons I think this is so surprising to her. She probably knows how difficult it is to rally people around a vision, make sure everyone is doing their job, and yet cultivate their joy.
Whether you are a parent leading your children, a boss leading your company, a pastor leading your church, or a husband leading your family, one of the greatest testaments to your great leadership will be the genuine joy of the people God has entrusted to your care. Does this mean there is no suffering, no hard moments, no chaotic and tension-filled complexity, or no suffering? Not at all. But what it does mean is that throughout it all there is an underlying happiness, because of a context of genuine love and a belief in the good intentions. There is a mutual love for one another, a desire for glory far beyond our own self-focused existence.
The greatest demonstrator of this type of leadership is God, Himself. One of my favorite parables is found in Matthew 13:44. It says that the kingdom of God (God’s reign and rule in our lives) is like a man who finds a treasure in a field, and because of the surpassing worth of this treasure, in his JOY he goes and sells everything he has to buy the field, so he can have the treasure.
Having God as our leader produces and promotes joy in our lives. And our leadership should cultivate joy in the hearts and lives of those whom God has entrusted to our care.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione