In recent years, our culture has developed an increasing awareness of the desire for self-help, personal development and personal mentoring. Self-help books are a multimillion-dollar industry. Everyone seems to be looking for a path to change and examples for how to live their lives. For most Christians, it is no secret that the Bible is full of shining examples of how to live fruitful, fulfilling lives in the face of all kinds of adversities. For leaders, Moses presents an incredible example of management and leadership.
Leaders not only need the skills to complete the job but the ability to morph and live out the qualities they push those that follow behind them to embody. In “Moses on Management” David Barron wrote, “If the Children of Israel were to accomplish this mind-bending shift (leaving slavery in Egypt in pursuit of the land God promised) they would need the inspiration of a leader who could actually live by those rules not just sermonize them.” Meaning, the leader would need to personify the characteristics of greatness over simply presenting their ideas.
Moses’ unique set of individual qualities and his relationship with God propelled him to the forefront of all leaders throughout history. Barron breaks these qualities down using three major time periods in Moses’ life.
Part 1: “Delivering the Message,” details the qualities that Moses exemplified during the time God prepared him to lead His people. This section opens with a discussion entitled, “Allow Others to Recognize Your Strengths and Recognize the Strengths in Others.” Moses recognizes his weakness as a leader and while he was tempted to hide behind them, he allowed God to strategically use Aaron. Other noteworthy sections of part one are, “Realizing that Faith Must Be Renewed,” which discusses how to overcome dry moments we all experience as leaders and “Give Appropriate Reproof –and Learn to Take It,” which discusses listening with the understanding that we may need to make changes.
Part 2: “Leading in the Wilderness” details the qualities that Moses exemplified while leading the people of Israel to and through the desert. It discusses leadership essentials like: leading with a team, allowing others to share your burdens and preparing an exit strategy.
Lastly Part 3: “Living by the Code” discusses the basic tenants of leadership. “Stand Up for Your People,” “Stand Behind Your Decisions,” “Balance Zero Tolerance with One Hundred Percent Compassion,” and “Treat People Fairly” are a few of the topics discussed in this section.
Moses’ life is a shining example of leadership successes and failures. His relationship with God exemplifies the constant battle between our desire to do God’s will and the issues that can sometimes impede us from doing that successfully. His relationship with the Israelites gives incredible understanding to the complexities of management. “Moses on Management” is an essential read for everyone in management and those who find themselves in leadership capacities.