LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 8 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #8 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 quote for this episode is from Albert Einstein. He said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

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

— Great Man or Group Theory

Thomas Carlyle, an early observer of leadership, wrote: “Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at the bottom of the History of the Great Men who have worked there.” In perhaps the earliest leadership theory, The Great Man theory viewed history as simply the elongated biographies of great leaders. Typical history books might imply that mankind merely plodded along in mundane existence until the next great leader arose. History is often divided into categories such as the period of Alexander the Great or Caesar or Napoleon. However, while this perspective of history has long appeared overly simplistic, in our egalitarian age it seems offensive to suggest that any leader, whether the CEO or senior minister, is any more crucial to the organization’s success than the person occupying the lowest box on the organizational chart. Tim Irwin cites the maxim: “If the leader didn’t come to work today, everything would probably still get done; but if the people didn’t come to work today, nothing would get done.” There has been a tendency to minimize the leader’s role as if his or her voice was just one among many. Today’s organizations often choose to work in teams rather than the customary top-down system of control. Many churches have decided the laity can run the church without the need for designated leaders.

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.