When Leaders Are Challenged

When Leaders Are ChallengedIt's going to happen, your team is going to come to you with a problem. They might be surfacing a frustration with your leadership, a challenge that they have no idea how to handle or communicating struggles they are having with their own teams. It's going to happen. The number of leadership books that fill the pages of Amazon or the shelves of the bookstore are representative of the number of solutions on how to handle problems or challenges. As a Christ-follower first and then leader the best resource for finding leadership solutions is in God's Word.

In the book of Numbers Chapter 20, Moses, the leader of thousands of people, was face with a big problem, he and his followers were in the desert and they had no water. Obviously he knew there was a problem, but it became a big issue when his followers started complaining. In the recording of the confrontation it actually says the people quarreled with Moses and insinuated, no blamed him for leading them to the wrong place.

Here is what we can see from this scenario....

  • Moses listened to their concerns without making comment or making a hasty decision
  • Involved his closest team member to be a part of the process
  • Sent the followers away without giving a decision
  • Before discussing a solution with his team spent time in prayer

There have been many times I have been faced with challenges from my team and too often I reacted out of my own wisdom before seeking God.. But that is not the example we see displayed by Moses....before giving an answer he spent time in prayer.

There have also been times when I have petitioned God for answers, sometimes they become clear and others no so much. Clear answer or gut feeling I know that the time I spent in prayer was productive because I always think clearer when I have been in His presence.

I am student of leadership and enjoy the process of learning to be a better leader and the best examples of God inspired leadership are in His word.

What is your favorite example of leadership from the Bible?