Dysfunctional Leadership

imprrh@gmail.com —  August 27, 2012

Devotional for today- Dysfunctional Leadership

Luke 9

In today’s story, the disciples show us how NOT to lead. We learn from bad leaders and great ones. One, what not to do. Other times, what to do. Here is what not to do.

1. Don’t try to control everything. 9:49 John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.” 50 But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.”

I have seen leaders that try to run their organization through them. Every idea, every initiative, must be first cleared by them before it’s implemented. That is not a good way to run anything. You can’t expect everything to be run by you first and then complain that people are not “buying in.” Deal with your insecurities as a leader. Empower your followers, don’t control.

2. Don’t fight for position. 9:46 “Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. 48 Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” Once again, the fight for position and recognition takes center stage. Jesus tells them not to “self-promote”. From nominating committees, to nominating the next conference president, I have seen people work the backroom politics to get elected. Be faithful. God will promote.

3. Don’t destroy your opposition, just MOVE ON! 9:51 As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. 53 But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54 When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 So they went on to another village.” One of the characteristics that separates dysfunctional leadership from others is the way they treat their opposition. Move on. Haters usually destroy themselves, you don’t have to spend a minutes with that.


Conclusion- I want to be an honorable leader. Jesus, please help me.

Prayer- I want to pray today for you to become a better leader.


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