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Day 87 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Buck Stops with the Leader!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I am happy to report that my recent trip to teach biblically-based leadership principles to Iranian pastors was successful and that I have returned home safely after a 30 hour journey without incident. My training partner and I trained dozens of key leaders committed to religious freedom and to shedding Christ’s light into Iran. After six years of working together, I continue to be inspired by the Iranian Christian’s passion and courage. I am grateful to EQUIP for the opportunity to serve as one of their associate trainers. For security reasons, I will defer further details of the conference until after I receive word that the attendees have all returned safely to their country.

One of the topics I taught at this conference was the importance of accepting responsibility for your actions and results. This is also a subject I’ll cover throughout the 70 strategies I present in, How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK. Not surprisingly, the shirking of responsibility finds it roots all the way back in the days of Adam and Eve. God had given clear instructions to them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree in the Garden of Eden. After the serpent convinced Eve to violate God’s instructions and sample the fruit, she then invited Adam to do the same–which he did.Things quickly went downhill from there!

Technically, Eve sinned first. However, it is Adam who is held accountable throughout the Scriptures for bringing sin into the world, because he was the spiritual leader of the couple and should have known better! His spineless refusal to take a stand in the face of Eve’s invitation to sin caused Paul to write in Romans 5:12: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin…Paul doesn’t even mention Eve, because as the leader, Adam was responsible. He knew better but he didn’t do better.

While both Adam and Eve suffered consequences for their sin, the buck stopped with Adam. This is despite his pathetic attempt to put the blame on his mate telling God when asked whether he had eaten the forbidden fruit: “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. ” Genesis 1:12. Eve then passed the blame down to the serpent with the whine, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate. Genesis 3:13. Neither repented, apologized nor stood as accountable.

As a leader in your organization, you may occasionally come under the influence from co-workers and subordinates to compromise what is right for what is expedient. As the leader, you are responsible for doing what is right. While everyone deserves punishment for character violations  in the workplace, the leader should always be held to a higher and stricter level of accountability. It comes with the territory.