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If you had the opportunity to write a letter to our next President and you knew it would show up on his desk in the Oval Office . . . what would you say? What advice would you offer? What changes would you suggest? What if God were to write a letter to our next President? What do you think he would say?
In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley extracts three extraordinary leadership principles from the stories of three ancient political leaders: a Babylonian king, a Judean governor, and an Egyptian pharaoh. As you listen, you will discover that these leadership lessons are not just applicable to those who hold public office, but to leaders everywhere. Whether your leadership context is home, business, team, or classroom, these three principles will help you maximize your leadership potential.
3 Audio CDs > Playable in a CD Player or Computer
1. Heaven Rules
2. Beyond Approval Ratings
3. Once Upon a Time In the Middle East
In this first message, Andy Stanley takes us back to the epicenter of ancient civilization—the Babylonian Empire. The year is 580 BC. King Nebuchadnezzar is at the height of his glory and power. But unbeknownst to him, the Most High God is about to teach him a lesson in leadership he will never forget!
Everyone seems to have an answer about how to improve the country. As the political landscape grows increasingly impassioned during this election season, there is no shortage of opinions as to how the next President should lead. What if you were given the opportunity to be one of the President’s closest advisors? What if you were given the opportunity to influence the perspective of the leadership of a country? An organization? A family? What would you advise?
Great leaders are the ones who leverage their leadership opportunities for the sake of those they have been privileged to lead rather than for themselves. The Bible reveals that King Nebuchadnezzar finally realized that truth, but his successors did not. History books record stories of numerous leaders who understood their leadership as a stewardship and those who sought leadership for their own gain. Is there a correlation between a leader’s ability to understand this truth and the health of the country or organization that the leader represents? Daniel 4:37
In part two of Letters To The Next President, Andy Stanley takes us back to the year 444 BC. We are introduced to a Judean governor who is faced with the task of fixing a sagging economy and reestablishing national security. As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that it will take more than a title to bring about change. He will need influence—influence that is not rooted in title or position, but in something much more significant.
All leaders have some level of authority. They have the authority to make important decisions. They have the authority to assign others to a particular task. But not all leaders have influence. Not all leaders live with their words in alignment with their actions. In other words, leaders may have positional authority but no moral authority. That raises the questions: Is authority more important than influence? Are you a leader because of your influence or your authority? Nehemiah 5:6-19
Does the government exist to serve the demands of the majority? Or does the government exist to protect the rights of the minority? Either way, a leader that succumbs solely to the voices of public opinion becomes imprisoned to pleasing the people instead of leading the people. The story of Pharaoh and Joseph illustrates the values of leaders who had the courage to ignore the complaints of the overindulged and do what was right. Granted, political leaders have issues that come across their desks every day. But how much more effective would their leadership be if they led with the future in mind rather than responding to the demands of public opinion? In other words, lead us, don’t try to please us.
Many of our problems as a country have resulted from a lack of discipline during periods of excess. The same is true for our personal lives. When we have more discretionary income, we’re less likely to be disciplined about our spending habits. When we have more free time, we’re less likely to budget our time wisely. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying our excess resources, the principles behind Joseph and Pharaoh’s leadership emphasize an ability to lead proactively, looking at what may lie ahead, instead of responding reactively, constrained by current demands. How can you be more pro-active in your areas of leadership?
Genesis 41:56-57, Genesis 47