When Leaders Have to Die - Joshua Leadership Principles

In order for Joshua to be the new leader of the nation of Israel - Moses had to go.  But this whole idea of leaders dying isn't as gory as you might think.

Leader #1 - Moses in Egypt.  The prince of Egypt was by no means qualified to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt.  I am sure that he was smart - but he wasn't humble.  This leader had to die before he could lead the Israelites.  That is what happened in the desert.  His exile was his education in leadership that qualified him to do what God asked of him.

Many times we think as leaders that we cannot change.  That we cannot do business differently.  That we cannot lead our families or lives any other way.  The truth is - yes we can!  The leader in your now can die - grow - change - and be a different person.  The question is, do you want to do it?  Stubbornness can be an asset when it comes to negotiating or risky decision making.  But if you use it on yourself, it will always come back to haunt you.

Leader #2 - Moses in the Desert.  The shepherd again, was by no means ready for the challenges he faced.  Moses didn't walk into this situation with an arrogance that got him over his head.  He knew he was over his head.  His ability to follow God and trust him was his one and only saving grace.  It was his temper that always seem to get him into trouble.  (First he killed an Egyptian out of anger then he stuck the rock twice out of anger.)  In light of his faults, the Moses wasn't remotely the same man that we see in Leader #1

Leader #3 - Joshua the apprentice.  Before Israel could enter the promise land, there had to be a transfer of power from the old guard to the new.  A new vision needs new blood and new life in order for it to be NEW!

I have pastored long enough to see a common mistake that businesses and churches make all the time.  The long standing leader of the corporation or church will retire.  A new leader will assume the helm but with a catch.  The old leader is given some kind of position in the organization (even as a figure head) and allowed to keep in contact with the congregation or leadership.  New leaders do things in a new way.  The old vision will gripe and complain about it - but it will live to succeed in new and better ways.  However (and this is a big one) as long as there is a leader who will carry the old standard, progress will be slow if not derailed.  The old leader didn't die.  The old leader simple continues to do what they have been doing all long from a different place.  Nothing changed.  Bad idea!

If you are leading a organization, a church or even your own life out of a vision that has been doing nothing - then there has to be a death of the old leader that is associated with it.  (See previous post)

In Joshua 1 it says, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 

Do you get it!  It is rather blunt but here it is.  The old leader is dead, now move on!  

Tomorrow - Bold and blunt declarations of vision wake up hope!  


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