Christian Devotional – March 23, 2023

Principles of Leadership, Day 26

Are you a “Yes-man”? Read Proverbs 16:13.

True leadership values the opinions, questions, and insights of others. As leaders, we cannot surround ourselves only with people who think and act like we do. We need diversity at every level. Diversity of thought, diversity of opinion, diversity of insight, even diversity of perception are all essential to be able to lead effectively.

Having only people who tell us what we want to hear, instead of what is actually happening is a recipe for disaster. Then, we must allow those people to have those thoughts and share them and act on them. As a leader, do we create an environment where we encourage people to give their opinions and have differing ideas, or to present solutions that are not the same as ours?

As Solomon shares in this chapter, the king needs people who speak what is right, even when it’s not what is popular. How can we not only do that ourselves, but encourage everyone around us to do that also.