Whether you are an administrator, teacher, coach, parent, or student – you have a role as leader. Effective, influential leaders aren’t on the mountain top looking down with an attitude of “I have arrived,” they are most often found on their knees in prayer or stooped to help others in the climb.
There is only one perfect King, but there are many lessons to be learned (both good and bad) from the earthly kings that God chose to sit upon the throne. Let’s learn from a king who had the weight of ruling a nation on his shoulders and who “did what what right in the eyes of the Lord.”
King Hezekiah, in 2 Chronicles 29 & 30, exemplifies a leader we can take note of.
Here are four pillars of his leadership:
“it is in my heart…” 29:10
Hezekiah made a heart decision to make a covenant with the
Lord. He turned to God for wisdom and decision making. His choice of making a heart decision to rely on God helped to stir the hearts of those he led. A heart decision like that of Hezekiah will show in our own passion for where God has called us to lead. No decisions are made flippantly, but with careful examination they are layed before God.
“For Hezekiah had prayed for them…the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.” 30:18 & 20
King Hezekiah prayed earnestly and often for his nation and leaders. He knew their temptation to be lured by the world around them, how easily tempted to give up when new and hard circumstances arose, or the all too common temptation of staying comfortable. He prayed that they would be spiritually strong against temptations and have courage when enemies rose up against them because no doubt this would happen.
So allow me to ask you, are you praying for those you lead?
“… Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all…” 30:22
He knew the power of the spoken word and did not assume that the Levites knew what he thought of their work. Effective leaders are those who have learned to be thoughtful with their words, using them to encourage those they lead. Whether it is face to face affirmation, public acknowledgement with praise, or a hand-written note of encouragement. Your greatest contribution as a leader may not be anything you do, but the words you speak to others.
“For Hezekiah king of Judah gave…”. 30:24
King Hezekiah gave his offering to the Lord. He also gave the glory where glory was due. As king, Hezekiah led others to be givers and servants because he gave and he served the Lord. Where is your offering? Is it self-serving or others-oriented? Who gets the glory when all “falls into place beautifully?” Hezekiah, a king who did what was right in the sight of the Lord, gave God the glory.
What was the result of this type of leadership? How did the people respond to a leader who’s heart was for the Lord, prayed for and encouraged his people, and gave to the needs of others for the glory of God?
“So there was great joy in Jerusalem…their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.” 30:26 & 27
An undercurrent of joy running through a nation who turned their voices to heaven. Perhaps this can be a new definition of success. As leaders, teachers, coaches, parents…let this be our goal with these four pillars of leadership guiding us. In our places of influence may the end result be a an undercurrent of joy where voices of prayer and praise reach God in heaven.