PODCAST: The Leader’s Preparation, Part 13 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done Podcast Episode #68 with Daniel Whyte III)

Leadership That Gets the Job Done Podcast — Episode 68

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Leadership That Gets the Job Done” Podcast, Episode 68.

Our Bible passage for this episode is Philippians 2:3 which says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Our quote for this episode is from Bill Gates, who said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

In this podcast, we are using three books as our texts: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby; Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell; and Organizational and Management Leadership: A Christian Perspective by Anita Satterlee.

Our topic today is Part 13 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. They continue:

God can bring character development and personal growth out of any situation. Whether he does so is conditional on people’s willingness to submit to his will throughout the process. God is sovereign over every life, but those who yield their will to him will be shaped according to his purposes. When the Lord is developing someone, all of life is a school. No experience, good or bad, is wasted. God doesn’t squander people’s time. He doesn’t ignore their pain. He brings not only healing but growth out of even the worst experiences. Every relationship can be God’s instrument to fashion a person’s character. At times, through our most painful experiences, God does his greatest work. Perhaps this is why Seth Godin suggests: “If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.” The world can offer its best theories on leadership and provide the most extensive training possible, but unless God sets the agenda for a leader’s life, that person, though thoroughly educated, will not be an effective spiritual leader.

Robert Clinton wrote The Making of a Leader in which he put forth a six-stage model of how God develops leaders. Clinton believes God matures leaders over a lifetime. God uses relationships and events in peoples’ lives as two primary means for growing them into leaders. The six stages of leadership development in Clinton’s model are:

Phase One: Sovereign Foundations

Phase Two: Inner Life Growth

Phase Three: Ministry Maturing

Phase Four: Life Maturing

Phase Five: Convergence

Phase Six: Afterglow or Celebration

Clinton provides a helpful model that speaks directly to the development of spiritual leaders but which also has applications to leadership development in general.

Sovereign Foundations involve God’s activity during people’s formative years. Parental love, birth order, childhood illness, prosperity or poverty, loss of loved ones, and stability versus constant upheaval are factors over which children have no control. History demonstrates the way people respond to these factors determines much of their leadership potential.

Inner Life Growth is the period in which one’s character and spiritual life develop. During this stage people experience conversion. With the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, they are no longer subject to the whims of fate but are in a position to be systematically transformed into men and women who think and act like Christ. Non-Christian leaders without the Holy Spirit are much more controlled by their pasts than those whose characters are shaped by the Holy Spirit working within them. Thus, people without the Holy Spirit will often have major areas of their character that remain underdeveloped.

During the Ministry Maturing phase people make their earliest attempts at spiritual leadership. They may volunteer to lead a church program, or they may venture to share their faith with someone. Through such experiences God teaches them more specifically what it means to be a spiritual leader. When people first attempt to exercise leadership, they often fail or experience frustration. As they develop leadership skills, as well as a résumé of experiences, people begin to understand their strengths and weakness. At this stage the focus is more on who leaders are than on what they do. What leaders learn from these early experiences will largely determine how they advance in leadership ability.

Throughout the Life Maturing years spiritual leaders begin to focus on their strengths and to find leadership opportunities in which they can be most effective. Whereas until this time God was working primarily in the leader, now God increasingly works through the leader. An experiential understanding of God matures at this time. Through significant life experiences God teaches people about life and relationships. Through the normal experiences of failure and success, criticism and praise, loyalty and betrayal, illness and loss, God matures people. Again, much depends on the leader’s reaction to the life circumstances through which God brings them. Positive responses to these life events will guide individuals into a more mature level of leadership.

During the Convergence phase, people’s ministry and life experiences converge into a specific job or responsibility for which they draw on all they have learned to achieve maximum effectiveness. This becomes the leader’s signature role for which they are best known and in which they enjoy their greatest success.

— PRAYER —

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.