LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 1 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #1 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 16:9 which says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”

Our quote for this episode is from Vince Lombardi. He said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby.

Our topic today is part 1 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”:

Mike sat in stunned silence alone in the boardroom. He had appointments to keep, but now they seemed irrelevant. He remained frozen in his chair, trying to process the painful events of the previous hour. Mike was CEO of a sporting goods company. He was a young man—in his early thirties—bright, creative, and, he thought, good at his job. Moreover, he was a committed Christian with a strong work ethic. He’d always considered his faith to be an asset to his career. But the morning’s executive team meeting shattered that assumption. What began as a routine weekly meeting escalated into an acrimonious dispute, revealing a pervasive undercurrent of resentment toward him—more specifically toward his Christian beliefs. A clear line was drawn, with his executive team demanding he keep his faith out of his business decisions.

First, the vice president for human resources announced a revision to the company benefits to include medical coverage for therapeutic abortions. He urged Mike to herald the new policy as a public relations tool. Then Barbara from marketing announced a new advertising campaign, one using women in provocative sexual poses to advertise a men’s product. Mike felt he had no choice but to veto both recommendations.

That’s when the floodgates opened and his colleagues’ hostility spewed forth. “What right did he have to impose his conservative religious beliefs on the company and its staff who did not share his personal values? His stance on the abortion policy was archaic, chauvinistic, and discriminating. This was the company’s opportunity to show it was progressive and sensitive to its employees’ needs. The sex angle on the television ad was certain to be more effective than the “family friendly” campaign Mike advocated. His staff seemed united on one thing—Mike’s agenda for the company did not match theirs.

Mike was bewildered. His leadership team was talented and experienced. Yet most of them were not Christians, and he knew some of them were even disdainful of the Christian faith. Mike knew how important a unified team was to company success. If an insurrection of his executive leaders ensued, his board of directors would most likely assume Mike was unfit for the CEO role. His job was in jeopardy. He had to act quickly. Was there anything he could do? He worried about legal issues if he stood by his convictions. It had never been easy taking a stand for his faith at work, but he’d always tried to honor God at his job. Now it no longer seemed possible. Maybe he should face the reality that his job and his faith could not coexist in a secular environment and resign.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.