Rev. E. Anderson
READ THE NEED, THEN LEAD
John Maxwell from His Leadership Bible
Reading Proverbs 25:21, 22
Leaders need to respond to individuals based on their needs rather than their faults. Proverbs 25:21, 22 encourages us to see what others need, even our enemies and respond accordingly
Good leaders do this well. They don’t lead out of a predetermined package of behaviors, but size up every situation and discern what must happen to reach the desired goal. Like a quarter-back who reads the defense, then calls an audible from the line of scrimmage, good leaders remain flexible and may change their response, based not on what a person deserves, but on what they need to succeed. Good leaders follow this path in difficult situations:
1. They need: They aren’t afraid to admit they need to listen and get understanding.
2. They read: They evaluate what has happened and what steps are best to take.
3. They feed: They communicate what they’ve observed to key players.
4. They heed: They act on the basis of their discovery, even if it means change.
5. They load: They provide direction to those involved.