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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Dear Colleagues,

GREAT BUSINESS LEADERS AND THEIR BIBLICAL PARALLELS

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Jim Collins in his monumental book, Good To Great analyzed why some companies become great, while others table out at the level of good. In the book Collins describes several characteristics of the CEOs who took their companies to the highest level of excellence.  He refers to these rare individuals as Level 5 Leaders. May I suggest that if God has placed you in a position of spiritual leadership, there are biblical applications paralleling Collins findings:

Level 5 leaders embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.  They are ambitious, to be sure, but ambitious first and foremost for the company, not themselvesLevel 5 leaders display a compelling modesty, are self-effacing and understated 1

Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earthBlessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earthClothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom (Num. 12:3; Matt. 5:5; Col. 3:12b; Jms. 3:13). (See Lk. 18:9-14; Matt. 11:29; Rom. 12:16; Phil. 2:5-8; Jms. 4:13-16)

Level 5 leaders are fanatically driven and infected with an incurable need to produce sustained results. They are resolved to do whatever it takes to make the company great, no matter how big or hard the decisions. 1

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyedTherefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (2 Cor. 4:8,9; 1 Cor. 15:58). (See Act. 20:31; I Cor. 9:16; Act. 14:19-22)

 Level 5 leaders display a workman like diligence more plow horse that show horse. 1

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LordDo your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (Rom. 12:11; 2 Tim. 2:15). (See Pro. 10:4; 12:27; 27:23; 1 Tim. 4:15; Heb. 4:11)

Level 5 leaders look out the window to attribute success to factors other than themselves. 1

 Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves. None of you should think only of his own affairs, but should learn to see things from other peoples point of view (Phil. 2:3, 4 Phillips  Trans.).

QUESTION:  Have you determined to become a person of highest excellence for the glory of God, and for the advancement of His Kingdom?  Paul certainly had: I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed meto reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Phil. 3:12a, 14b NLT).

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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