Welcome to another week in “The ‘Inner Circle’ of Leadership Excellence” series. 🤩

Reminding that I'm taking inspiration from some of the commentaries by John Maxwell on his Leadership Bible, the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. 

This week we will be talking about COMMUNICATION!

Effective communication stands as a cornerstone of successful leadership. Throughout history, leaders have tackled the intricacies of delivering their message with clarity and purpose. Let's explore the stories of two prominent biblical figures, Adam and Samuel, to glean insights into the power and pitfalls of communication.

But before we do that, as I said we would do every week, let's quickly take a look atrecap of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.   

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader:

Character
Charisma
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Courage
Discernment
Focus
Generosity
Initiative
Listening
Passion
Positive Attitude
Problem Solving
Relationships
Responsibility
Security
Self-Discipline
Servanthood
Teachability
Vision

Adam's Misstep: A Failure to Communicate


In the book of Genesis, we encounter Adam, the first man created by God, tasked with leadership over all creation. However, Adam's failure in communication, as illustrated in Genesis 2 and 3, serves as a cautionary tale for leaders of all ages.
When confronted by the serpent, Adam's communication with Eve was ambiguous and lacked clarity. Instead of relaying God's explicit command regarding the forbidden fruit, Adam's message was muddled, leaving Eve vulnerable to deception. The consequences of this breakdown in communication reverberated throughout history, altering the course of humanity.


Adam's shortcomings in communication offer valuable lessons for contemporary leaders:


1. Attention to Detail: Adam overlooked crucial details of God's message, leading to confusion and misunderstanding. Effective communication requires meticulous attention to every aspect of the message being conveyed.
2. Resisting External Influences: Adam allowed Eve's persuasion to sway him, compromising his role as a leader. Leaders must remain steadfast in their convictions and resist external pressures that detract from their message.
3. Taking Responsibility: Adam failed to take responsibility for the outcome of his communication breakdown, further exacerbating the situation. True leadership demands accountability and ownership of one's words and actions.
4. Clarity and Precision: Clear, concise communication is essential for effective leadership. Leaders must articulate their message with clarity and precision, leaving no room for ambiguity or misinterpretation.

Samuel's Exemplary Communication: A Blueprint for Leadership

In contrast to Adam's shortcomings, the story of Samuel in 1 Samuel 10-12 highlights the transformative power of effective communication in leadership.
Samuel, a revered prophet and judge of Israel, demonstrated mastery in various facets of communication:

1. Revelatory Communication: Samuel conveyed divine insights and revelations to the people, guiding them in their journey.
2. Inspirational Communication: His words inspired courage and determination in Saul, urging him to fulfill his calling as king.
3. Exhortative Communication: Samuel encouraged the people to action, rallying them to follow Saul's leadership with zeal and dedication.
4. Informative Communication: Samuel provided valuable information and guidance, enriching the understanding of his audience.
5. Declarative Communication: He offered clear direction and hope for the future, instilling confidence in the people's hearts.

 

Samuel's approach to communication offers a blueprint for contemporary leaders:

 
1. Simplicity and Clarity: Samuel communicated with simplicity and clarity, ensuring that his message resonated with his audience.
2. Empathy and Understanding: He valued the perspectives and emotions of others, fostering empathy and understanding in his interactions.
3. Credibility and Integrity: Samuel's life mirrored his words, establishing credibility and integrity in his leadership.
4. Purpose-driven Communication: Every word uttered by Samuel was imbued with purpose, guiding the people towards righteousness and obedience.

In Closing...

In conclusion, the stories of Adam and Samuel underscore the pivotal role of communication in leadership. As leaders, let us heed the lessons learned from these biblical narratives, striving for clarity, empathy, and purpose in our communication endeavors. By mastering the art of communication, we can inspire, motivate, and lead others towards a brighter future.

🚀 #CharacterBuildingLeadership

Leadership Action Time...

This week, I would like to encourage you to practice encouraging communication. 

Everyday, find something encouraging to say to a peer, an upper level or an employee. If none of those apply, no problem! It could be a spouse, a child or a friend. 

What matters is that you are practicing meaningful encouraging communication! 

Have fun!


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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