12 June: Leading With Logic

The concept of Leadership today has become a multimillion-dollar industry. The books and training courses to attend are almost limitless. But today’s chapter shows that leadership, at its core, isn’t rocket science…

READ 1 Kings 12  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


I was 48 when the books Strengths Finder 2.0 and Strengths Based Leadership were handed to me. They revolutionized my understanding of who I was created to be. For one thing, had I known what my strengths were 28 years earlier, I wouldn’t have spent my entire adult life at war with myself – thinking that my strengths were my weaknesses! Bizarrely enough, after understanding yourself and your team, leading with logic isn’t rocket science.

1Kings12aToday’s chapter reveals several flaws in Jeroboam leadership as he sets out to rule Israel. First, he seems to throw out common sense/logic/reason. Without conducting a proper audit of his father’s “company”, he devalues the “tacit knowledge asset” that’s held in the heads of his long-term workers. [v6-8] Then he brought his personal life attitudes into the office by allowing his pride to colour his professional judgement. [v10]

Instead of serving in the team for the common good of a cause greater than himself (greater than his own life goals) by promoting the development and success of his people, Jeroboam treated everyone under him like slaves. [v13-14] Finally, he broke the number one “cardinal rule” – the most logical part of leading: Striding out in front, Jeroboam didn’t listen or consider the motives/needs/desires of those following him. [v15]

Read More? …CLICK on “12 June – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the One writing the story? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


 1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Wealth and honour come from You, Lord! You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, my God, I give You thanks and praise Your Glorious Name. [1 Chronicles 29:12-13]

 2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for God’s GRACE on Guyana[b]
  • Your Country: Local Gospel ministries
  • Yourself: Love for Fellow Believers
  • Your concerns for today
May You, Father God, be gracious to us and bless us and make Your face shine on us – so that Your ways may be known on earth; Your salvation among all nations. [Psalm 67:1-2]

3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you Lord that, because I’ve considered all the offenses that I’ve committed and have turned away from them, I will surely live and will not die! [Ezekiel 18:28]

 4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

The Spirit I received doesn’t make me a slave, so that I live in fear again. Rather, the Spirit I received from You, God, brought about my adoption to sonship, and by You I cry, “Abba, Father.” [Romans 8:15]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” [Romans 12:6-8]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/guya/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31


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