Truth Hunters

Why Aren’t We Seeing Better Leaders? (Part 1)




All over our world people are crying out, “Give us better leaders!”

This is understandable. Leadership is crucial, but how crucial? John Maxwell is a renowned leadership expert who answers this 'why' question. He has stated on numerous occasions: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” John has spent his adult life trying to produce better leaders through speaking internationally and writing. His books have sold over 20 million copies.

I think Mr. Maxwell has it right. Pick any area of life and leadership is huge: marriage, family, small companies, big corporations, medicine, military organizations, churches, sports, non-profit organizations, government, and the list goes on.

But what about results? How are we doing toward producing better leaders? Despite the massive efforts in this country and around the globe, present consensus tells us that leadership is not improving. If anything, it might even be in decline. In almost every sector of life and at every level, there seems to be a critical shortage of good leaders.

Why is this so? What reasons would you give? If you’ll “google” this subject on the Internet, you’ll get more info than you ever imagined. Some of the material is decent and provides logical reasons that address the challenges for leaders in this rapidly changing world. Keep searching and you’ll find seemingly endless material offering solutions for developing better leaders- books, videos, seminars, podcasts, magazines, websites, and even pills to keep good brain-functioning.

But still, we haven’t cracked the code. Is there an explanation? We believe there is, and it’s not complicated. 

The overwhelming amount of material published about leadership represents the best that human effort, human experience, and human wisdom can offer—but we continue to fall woefully short.

Down through history, God’s Word, the Bible, has been mocked, ignored, discounted, or at best marginalized. Rather than being outdated, out of touch, or irrelevant to present-day life, Scripture contains hundreds of timeless truths that if learned and applied could enhance leadership at all levels across this nation and around the world. The amazing aspect about these truths is that they apply across every language and culture—no exceptions because God designed his truths to be universally true for all mankind for all time 

Better leadership begins by consulting God, the author of all knowledge and wisdom.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Want to become a better leader? Proverbs 1:7 provides some excellent advice.

 

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Does The Truth Really Matter?

We think so. We believe that finding truth and following it can mean everything, both in this life and on into eternity. Isaiah the prophet wrote almost 3000 years ago:

 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:14,15)

 According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, truth is that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Some truths are easy to verify. In mathematics, 2 +2 = 4 is a truth that merits universal acceptance.

 But think about your own life today. How many times have you sought the truth and weren’t able to find it? Your hard-earned money is precious and you want to make the best decision—the best food, the best clothes, the best place to live, the best insurance to buy, the best schools, and so forth. In the end, you couldn’t prove you made the best decision based upon truth. This is because personal values and opinions often govern choices—even more than truth. In cases like the ones above there is often plenty of room for opinion. The choices you make work just fine.

 Some choices we make matter more. Consider the people we elect to serve in different levels of government. They way they lead and the decisions they make have huge consequences for all of us in areas like healthcare, taxes, immigration, foreign policy, and our justice system to name a few.

Going a step forward, how about the question of worldview? From your perspective, what is life all about anyway? How did the universe come into being and how do we fit in? Who’s in charge? Did everything that exists come into being in accordance with the Big Bang Theory or is there a Designer. If there is a God, can we know him? Our world has a number of major religions. Which one is true, or is it possible they’re all true and the one we pick really doesn’t matter?

 Finding truth is no easy task. It has never been—not today, not yesterday, not last year, nor last century. Mining truth requires effort, and lots of it. And it certainly necessitates looking in the right places.

 Over 150 years ago, Henry David Thoreau made the following statement: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I agree with him.

In the coming days, we will explore many areas of life in an effort to locate the truth about things that matter. We invite you to join us.

 Scott McChrystal

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