What character traits come to your mind when you hear the words, “great leader”? Do you think of someone who inspires or encourages others? Is it a person with a dynamic personality? Perhaps it is someone with knowledge, wisdom and skill who made their way to the top?
Knowing what traits you admire in a “great leader” is an important part of becoming one. And every “great leader” will seek out the wisdom and knowledge from other “great leaders” who have paved the way before them.
The desire to see believing entrepreneurs achieve success in the Israeli marketplace inspired the staff of CBN Israel to co-host a two day leadership training seminar. As leaders in the market, four restaurant owners from “Chick-Fil-A” were invited to be the guest speakers of the event. The name and reputation of “Chick-Fil-A” alone was enough to draw out over sixty business entrepreneurs from multiple cities to glean from these godly, experienced and successful business owners.
The message that threaded the various seminars together was the importance of gaining and applying wisdom. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and in all your getting get understanding”. – Proverbs 4:7. Wisdom is learning to take responsibility for yourself and for those under you. Wisdom is learning to serve others and help others become successful. Wisdom is learning to set goals and to have a strategy in how to achieve them. Wisdom is accepting failures and being willing to grow from them.
Another important part of being a leader is learning to give clear instructions. As an interactive object lesson, the attendees were instructed to form groups of two or more and to blindfold one member of the group. The other members were to give verbal instructions as to where the blinded should go and what safety hazards to avoid as they went. If instructions were sufficiently given, the blinded would complete their journey successfully and safely.
One attendee shared with CBN Israel that the object lesson was “a great” and effective experience.
Isn’t this also the way our God perfectly leads us as His disciples? He has given us clear wisdom and instructions through His word and by His Spirit which helps us to accomplish the tasks that we are called to do. And as disciples, we in turn have opportunity to exemplify Him to those who follow in our footsteps.