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Day 92 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Productive Response to Evil!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Last night I spent nearly three hours writing the recipe to a single business challenge for, How to Lead by THE BOOK. I’ll certainly need to pick up the pace a bit if I expect to finish the book on time! However, the challenge was a big one: Is it right to hold leaders more accountable and to a higher standard than followers? I provided numerous reasons why this must be the case. One of the many areas I listed as being necessary for a higher degree of expectation and accountability for leaders was in the realm of emotional control.

Controlling one’s emotions and responding maturely to provocations, lies, gossip, and other attacks is essential for anyone, but particularly for leaders.  When provoked by evil, it is important to apply Romans 12:21. This verse is often misunderstood and applied with a misguided expectation for how the perpetrator will respond. Here is what the verse says: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 1 Peter 3:17 reminds us, For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Overcoming evil with good does not necessarily mean that a mature and productive response to an attacker will overcome the evil in him or her. Rather, it assures you that by responding to evil with good you will overcome the evil in you! When you respond productively to evil done to you: by not seeking vengeance and by deciding to forgive, you overcome your own tendencies towards evil: becoming bitter, resentful, angry, vengeful and the like. You have no assurance that your “good” response to evil will change or overcome anything evil within the perpetrator. Maybe it will. Maybe it won’t. But you can rest assured that it will snuff out the evil within yourself, that left unchecked, will cause you to sin in your response.