THE QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER
February 20, 1994
INTRODUCTION: In this chapter, as in previous chapters, we
discovered once again that wisdom is not academic. It is
designed to go to work in our lives. It is practical - not
theoretical. Solomon is careful to give the reader
down-to-earth, easily grasped principles to live by. But his
concern is that we not leave these truths alone; they are to be
In this chapter we learn that wisdom provides us with needed
balance and inner strength and rare insight in this business of
handling life with stability. But it's still not fleshed out.
Wisdom needs to be modeled, not simply discussed.
The thing I have always appreciated about the Bible is that when
great truth is given, God, frequently incarnates the truth in
lives with whom we can identify. He doesn't stop at theory as
He teaches us about the abstract importance of faith. He
mentions Abraham as a model "who staggered not at the promises
of God through unbelief."
OTHER EXAMPLES: Standing alone - Elijah
Forgiveness - Joseph
Patience - Job
God points His heroes "warts and all."
Five words describe the good leader:
I. CLARITY. v.1a
Interpretation - such an individual
possesses an understanding of the whole
picture. Word means solution.
Someone who sees through the mystery of
something. It suggests learning how to
explain difficult things, having the
ability to unfold mysteries. How ...
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