PODCAST: The Leader’s Preparation, Part 7 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done Podcast #48 with Daniel Whyte III)

Our Bible passage for this episode is Proverbs 3:5-10 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Our quote for this episode is from Jack Welch. He said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

In this podcast, we are using two books as our texts: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell.

Our topic today is Part 7 of “Chapter 3: The Leader’s Preparation: How God Develops Leaders” from Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby. He continues:

Events beyond a person’s control can produce the same effect as failures. They can either crush an aspiring leader or develop the character and resolve within emerging leaders that enables them to reach greater heights in the future. Julius Caesar is suspected to have had epilepsy. Teddy Roosevelt endured severe asthma as a child and was considered too frail and sickly to attend school. As a young man he lost both his beloved mother Mittie, to typhoid fever, and his loving wife Alice, to childbirth, on the same day, February 14, 1884. This left the future president so stunned and disoriented he wrote in his diary, “The light has gone out of my life.”

Robert E. Lee lost everything he owned, as well as numerous loved ones and friends, during the Civil War. Franklin Roosevelt, considered one of America’s most successful twentieth-century presidents, contracted debilitating polio as an adult that left him in a wheelchair. (In surveys of historians judging American presidents based on ten leadership qualities, the top five have consistently been: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman). It has been said Franklin Roosevelt was able to transform his humiliations into triumphs. He allegedly quipped, “If you have spent six months on your back trying to move your little toe, nothing seems difficult.” John F. Kennedy constantly felt the painful effects of Addison’s Disease and was administered last rites four times as an adult. He continued to live “by complicated daily combinations of pills and injections.” Mahatma Ghandi was imprisoned numerous times and survived several attempts on his life before he was assassinated. Martin Luther King Jr., an ardent admirer of Gandhi, had multiple threats against his life and was frequently imprisoned. According to one study cited by Howard Gardner, 60 percent of major British political leaders lost a parent in childhood. Wise leaders do not become discouraged by crises but rather they build on them, knowing these experiences are likely catalysts for their greatest personal growth.

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


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.