COVER YOUR TEAM

God desires leaders who will seek His face. Common leadership principles are useful to accomplish temporal goals. Leading a team to accomplish spiritual goals requires a dependence on hearing the voice of God. I have heard from the Lord throughout my career. The Lord said in Ezekel 22:30, “ I sought for a man among them who would build up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.”

Isn’t it sad that God was seeking but could not find anyone to stand in the gap to protect His people? Not one man would demonstrate the faith to build a hedge around the land. Love-driven leaders are the first to stand in the gap to protect their team. Leader love takes hits without hesitation. The promise of covering is implied in the job title.

Love-driven are quick to pray for the needs of the team. Leader love intercedes.

Covering includes a willingness to correct and coach. To leave a team untrained and vulnerable shows a measurable lack in leadership.

Serving others is perhaps the best form of covering. A leader with a servant’s heart sees gaps and creates action to meet needs. There are many gaps in the workplace. Many hedges need to built, including a hedge of prayer.

“Love Leads”, by Steve Greene, 2017



STEP OUT AND CROSS OVER

Abraham set out on a long journey of love. The Bible alls him a Hebrew (Gen. 14:13). The root of the Hebrew word for “Hebrew” is “Ivri”, which literally means “to cross over.” Abraham, left his comfort zone, crossed boundaries, and set out on a voyage with Jehovah.

When we make a journey of any significant distance, we will certainly notice a change in terrain. We will cross boundaries real and imagined. Love-driven leaders must be prepared to cross difficult paths. The days of “I lead, you follow” are all gone. Few leaders work in an environment of isolation. Today’s leader must be a bridge-builder across multiple teams, functions and geographies. Abraham’s faith build a bridge to bless not only the Hebrews but also the Gentiles (Gal 3:14).

Networks are created by design. Is any network more important than the one among our internal teams? Some leaders miss this concept so badly that each team is given different-colored T-shirts to magnify allegiance to one department over another. Homesteading and isolationism have gone the way of dinosaurs and eight track tapes.

We celebrate our differences while embracing alignment. We must connect the dots without losing the beauty of each individual dot. We must produce today while empowering vision. We must share our identity while stimulating the individual. Like Abraham, love driven leaders adapt to a new terrain. Boundaries must blur.

“Love Leads”, by Steve Greene, 2017



THE RISK OF LOVE

Love-driven leaders must not be risk-averse. We’ve been instructed to “take up our cross and die daily.” (See Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23) What has more risk than dying daily? When we fear isk, we present a selfish motive. We fear loss or embarrassment. Even if we rationalize our unwillingness to take risks for fear of how it might affect the organization the fear of risk still seems to indicae a crisis of faith.

Why do we tend to welcome less risk as we age? Could t be that we are fearful of losing something we have stored in our moving trucks? Are we in asset-protection mode? Opportunities to serve are filled with inherent risk. We fear criticism, rebuke and isolation. Mostly we fear exposure to the elements.

After Elijah humiliated the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, he fled into the wilderness when Jezebel threatened to kill him. He went a day’s journey then lay down under a juniper tree.

Elijah’s juniper tree offered peace and only the risk of the bite of a bug. But just when the rest became comfortable, an angel of the Lord appeared and asked, “Why are you here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:13).

That’s what God in His mercy does to us. Just when we get comfortable, He’ll ask us, “What are you doing here? Are you afraid of Jezebel? Has the risk moved you off mission: I thought I heard you singing just last week “I shall not be moved.”

Attacks often follow a big win.

The Holy Spirit will keep you moving. Think new thoughts. Pray new prayers. Ask God to give you a fresh anointing within your calling.

“Love Leads” , by Steve  Greene, 2017



DISCOMFORTING LOVE

When leaders reach a plateau in their personal growth, he organization also will tend to flatline. Leaders must be open to hearing the voice of God directing them to “go from your country, your family, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen 12:1). Abraham heard this message at age seventy-five.

We cannot conclude that God requires only young people to pack up the moving truck. The trip from Haran to Canaan for Abram and his wife, Sarai (their names before God changed them to Abraham and Sarah), must have been difficult. The aging couple didn’t have a comfortable trip for their tired bodies, and they weren’t bolstered by bottles of nutraceuticals.

But God loves to lead us out of our comfort zones. The Lord seems to draw us into places and situations in which learning will be a necessity. Leaders, take note. If we aren’t struggling with opportunities, projects, or people, it’s possible that we have reached a plateau. How long will a team follow a leader who has dropped anchor into the safety of sameness?

One of the problems with a leader plateau is recognizing that fact. Leaders stuck on a treadmill may believe they are headed somewhere. Their legs are moving, their breathing is elevated, and it feels as if progress is being made. Unfortunately the scenery isn’t changing. Everyone is doing what he has always done.

The organization has become comfortable and probably resistant to change.

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



LOVE’S FAITH (2)

Surely Abraham wanted to please the Lord, but wouldn’t Abraham also have considered that there might possibly be another path? Leaders are constantly presented with opportunities to take an easy way out. Yet Abraham trusted God enough to obey Him even when it hurts.

With every step of his journey up the mountain with Isaac. Abraham grew in faith as he trusted that God would provide an answer. Abraham didn’t know the answer but he knew God. Consider Hebrews 11:19: “He reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a figurative sense.” (MEV)

Abraham’s faith was active in his reasoning. It extended beyond any natural tendency to question and doubt. At the moment of testing Abraham did not exhibit a crisis of faith.

Prayer fuels the faith of a leader; and action demonstrates our obedience to God’s will.

Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his son at an altar. But his willingness to do so positioned him for God’s abundant blessings in his life, In Isaac’s life, and in the lives of all his descendants. We read in Genesis 22:15-18  “Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham out of heaven a second time, and said, ‘By Myself, I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you and I will indeed multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens an as the sand that is on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gate of their enemies. Through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



LOVE’S FAITH (1)

Abraham waited on the son of promise for decades and he made his mistakes along the waiting road. When Isaac was finally born, it was another testimony of the faithfulness of God, his friend. I imagine Abraham took great joy in raising his heir, telling the boy stories of how God called him out his country and from among his people, the adventures of rescuing Lot from the hand of the enemy kings, his encounter with Melchizedek, and the covenant God made with him.

Surely Abraham loved Isaac with everything in him – and more than his own life. But there came a day when Abraham had to make a choice: follow the leader who loved him faithfully, or follow the love in his heart for Isaac. In Genesis 22 we see the Lord testing Abraham’s allegiance to the greater mission, commanding him: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” (Gen 22:2)

I can’t fathom the emotions that must have flooded Abraham’s soul. Yet the man of God rose up earl in the morning and saddled his donkey to head out on a life-changing journey with Isaac. Every moment of wood gathering and preparation must have been filled with questions about how he would tell Sarah about the loss of their son. How could she ever understand?

Abraham didn’t argue with God. We see no evidence of him begging or questioning the directions. Abraham apparently did not appeal to God in any way to change His mind. To do so would have been haughty or selfish. Abraham ensured that his heart “could not be despised”, to paraphrase Psalms 51:17

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



CONSISTENT LOVE

God’s love is consistent. Consistency brings comfort and stability. An inconsistent God would cause our faith to quake. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s consistency and truth cause evil to shudder.

But when we are all prone to mistakes. So the acknowledgment of error should be accompanied by teaching moments. If we are to learn from our mistakes, then a teacher must take time to review the process that led to the mistake. We can always learn from an autopsy. But there should be now, therefore no condemnation (Rom. 8:1)

The immutability of God assures us, “He is not man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent” (Num 23:19) All His promises are yes and amen (2 Cor 1:20). There is “no change or shadow of turning” in Him (James 1:17). He speaks peace into the storm (Mark 4:39)

Leadership is flexible and responds to opportunities, but flex can be executed with calm. In the most difficult situations love-driven leaders will emit the greatest sense of quiet confidence. A fire-tested leader doesn’t seek new fires but can and will respond to any fire with calm consistency.

Consistency matters. At home, work or play a consistent leader will enjoy better outcomes.

  • “Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017


Love Driven Leadership

God has a plan for every person we will ever lead. I believe, it is my responsibility to lead people to fulfill God’s plan. God’s plan is my potential. Leaders must love a team into their potential. My purpose as a leader is to lead my team into God’s purpose. Perhaps we could define bad leadership as leading people away from God. A loving leader couldn’t do that.

                Technically speaking,

potential

means “existing in possibility; capable of development into actuality,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Potential is what’s possible but not always wat’s present-tense reality.
For many the word

potential

is a burden. Perhaps the pressure comes from being born into a successful family. Or maybe the evidence of talent at a very young age brings high expectations. I suppose that from baby nurseries to graduation stages the most noted thought among observers is the presence of unlimited potential.

 

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE

The language of love                The language of love is needed beyond the office. The words tha reverberate in a home frequently are the ones that are careless and hurtful. A bad day in the home has more consequenses than a bad day at the office. I once heard someone say: “Home is where I don’t have to guard my words and actions. My home is my castle, and I don’t have to be on guard all the time.” I believe the opposite is true.

                We cannot relax our intentional display of love in our homes. It seems unreasonable to me to think that I clearly demonstrate love at the office but keep the people at home guessing about my feelings. I would never even consider “biting off the head” of someone at work. But at hom if I think I cn growl without consequence. I will surely harvest the fruit of my behavior – very quickly. No one in my home, for even a grief moment, should doubt the depth of y love as a leader.

                Highly effective leaders lead well in every environment, whether at home, in the workplace, at church, or in personal relationships.

 

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



Love is from God

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets: Matthew 22:37-49

                The love we are called to model isn’t the kind you see in movies or read about in books. We are not to love our teams as Romeo loved Juliet or even as Dr. Watson loved his friend Sherlock Holmes. Romantic feelings fade, and friends change.

                Love motivates everything God says and does – including His wise leadership. God sees us through the eyes of Christ – and He sees even the lost soul’s potential if he will surrender to His love. When we fall short of His glory, God doesn’t shame us and guilt us; He teaches and coaches. His discipline and correction in our lives are rooted in His perfect love for us (Heb 12:6)

                “God so loved” that He made a plan. He gave us His Son, thus demonstrating tha giving is loving. In His magnificent leadership God shows Himself to be the consummate cheerful giver. He gives all He has. He’s a sacrificial giver, a life giver, a reward giver. God is the greatest giver of all. Indeed, we can’t out-give God – but we can try to love people as He does.

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene. 2017




 

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