LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 4 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #4 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 Hebrews 13:7 which says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

Our quote for this episode is from Stephen Covey. He said, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

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 4 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.

— Leadership: In Politics

For several decades the public has been expressing a growing distrust of political leaders. These are not easy times for governments. The world’s complexity increases at exponential speed. Political alliances are in constant flux. Threats of nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism are a frightening possibility. A severe downturn in the global economy can devastate nations overnight. Violence is epidemic. Natural disasters have decimated entire cities. Social norms previously assumed are now publicly ridiculed. Societal plagues such as drugs and domestic violence seem immune to government solutions. Government debts continue to escalate while leaders are unwilling to make unpopular decisions.

Morally, society has deteriorated to the point that like those in the prophet Jeremiah’s time, the people have forgotten how to blush. Such daunting realities have generated a dire need for leaders who can be trusted and who are capable of addressing a multitude of social, political, economic, and spiritual ills. People are weary of politicians who make promises they are either unwilling or unable to keep. Concern for reelection or holding on to their office can motivate some leaders more than making the best decisions for their constituents.

Society longs for statesmen, but it generally receives politicians. Statesmen are leaders who uphold what is right regardless of the effect on their popularity. Statesmen speak out to achieve the greatest good for their people, not to identify with the shifting winds of popular opinion. Statesmen promote the general good rather than regional or personal self-interest. Statesmen can make unpopular decisions when they are called for, but in the long run they are widely respected for their integrity and for following their convictions.

Harry Truman was a statesman. He left the presidency with a low rating in public opinion polls, yet history evaluates him as an effective leader during a dangerous and turbulent time. Politicians may win elections; nevertheless, future generations often deride them for their lack of character and ineffective leadership.

Warren Bennis suggests that the American Revolutionary era produced at least six world-class leaders—Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison. For a national population of only three million, that was an impressive number. If the United States enjoyed the same ratio of world-class leaders to its current population today, it would boast over five hundred such statesmen. In recent years the term great has not been the adjective of choice in describing many political leaders. If there was ever a time that called for statesmen rather than politicians, this is it.

— Leadership: In Business

The business world is searching for effective leaders as fervently as is the political world. Technology continues to revolutionize the way people do business. The global economy has mushroomed. National economies have become integrated to the point that a financial meltdown in Asia can have instant, stunning repercussions on businesses in North America.

Diversity is the pervasive characteristic of the North American workforce. Employees represent numerous ethnic groups. More and more people are trading in their desks for laptops so they can work at home or while they travel. Charles Handy observes, “The challenge for tomorrow’s leaders is to manage an organization that is not there in any sense in which we are used to.” It requires enormous effort to create a corporate culture in which every employee feels a vital part of the team.

More and more work is outsourced to other companies; freelance and project people are becoming more popular. Yesterday’s workplace was a specific location where employees came together for eight hours a day. The majority of jobs were performed for one reason—a paycheck. Personal fulfillment, though a factor, was secondary. All that has changed. Today’s workplace is a forum for people to express themselves and to invest their efforts into something that contributes positively to society. People no longer choose jobs based merely on salary and benefits. They seek companies with corporate values that match their personal values.

Daniel Goleman suggests: “Except for the financially desperate, people do not work for money alone. What also fuels their passion for work is a larger sense of purpose or passion. Given the opportunity, people gravitate to what gives them meaning, to what engages to the fullest their commitment, talent, energy, and skill.” Accordingly, many people have embarked on multiple careers. Robert Greenleaf reflects on the shift in employee focus: “All work exists as much for the enrichment of the life of the worker as it does for the service of the one who pays for it.” Consequently, employees expect much more from their leaders than they did in years past.

The complex and critical issues facing today’s marketplace only exacerbate the need for effective leaders. Modern business leaders are expected to peer into the turbulent economic future and make the necessary adjustments to avoid disaster for their companies. They must mold productive, cohesive teams out of the most variegated workforce in history. Leaders are expected to continually upgrade their skills and adjust to dizzying daily changes in the business world.

Businesses call on their leaders to understand and guide their industries though the workplace is filled with specialists who themselves require constant retraining to stay current in their fields. Is it any wonder companies cannot find men and women qualified to lead them into an uncertain future? Is it surprising that the salaries of CEOs have risen astronomically in comparison to the wages of laborers?

In December 2000, Home Depot hired Bob Nardelli to bring order to the rapidly growing company. Nardelli was a high-level executive for General Electric and on the short list to replace Jack Welch as its CEO. Home Depot valued Nardelli’s ability and paid handsomely for it, providing him a total salary package of $30 million a year. This placed him fifty-sixth among America’s highest paid CEOs for 2005. Nardelli had nine private parking places at the corporate office as well as a private elevator to his office. Five years later, despite overall company growth, Nardelli was fired and given a $210 million severance package.

In July 1999, Hewlett-Packard Company named Carli Fiorina chief executive officer. The first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, Fiorina immediately became a highly visible chief executive and she remained so throughout her tenure at the company. When she was hired, HP’s stock price was $52 per share, and when she left five and a half years later in February 2005, it was $21 per share—a loss of over 60 percent of the stock’s value. During that same time period, the stock price of HP’s competitor, Dell, increased from $37 to $40 per share. Hewlett-Packard showed Fiorina the door and paid her more than $20 million in severance.

Rapacious for profit, companies not only pay enormous salaries; they sometimes ignore the warning signs of unethical or illegal practices. The business community has its share of scandals: Enron, Worldcom, and Bernie Maddoff had their misbehavior largely ignored as long as soaring profits continued. Today’s business community is desperate not only for solid, ethical leadership but also for spiritual statesmen.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

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.”

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


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 Amazon.com 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.