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Jack Eason 
The Heart Share Group

Leader-SHIP 3

 

 

                                

(Part 2 on LeaderSHIP that we need in Christian Radio)
(Integrity and Servanthood were the first 2 Characteristics Jack talked about, here’s the third and final ones he mentions.)

The third characteristic I see in the four individuals I chose to model my life after early on is wisdom. I heard someone say early on in my ministry that knowledge is knowing how to take things apart, but wisdom is knowing how to put them back together again.

I think inherent in the word wisdom is an implication of time spent doing something. Wisdom is not something that can be learned quickly. Wisdom comes under the pressure of carrying out a task or assignment. Wisdom is insight. All of the leaders I chose to talk about displayed wisdom.  Theodore Levitt from Harvard Business School says “Experience comes from what we have done. Wisdom comes from what we have done badly.”

Automaker Henry Ford asked electrical genius Charlie Steinmetz to build the generators for his factory. One day the generators ground to a halt, and the repairmen couldn't find the problem.  So Ford called Steinmetz, who tinkered with the machines for a few hours and then threw the switch. The generators whirred to life--but Ford got a bill for $10,000 from Steinmetz.  Flabbergasted, the rather tightfisted car maker inquired why the bill was so high. 

Steinmetz's reply: For tinkering with the  generators, $10. For knowing where to tinker, $9,990. Ford paid the bill. 

The final characteristic I see in these four individuals is passion. All of us as believers should have a passion to be used by God. We all desire to impact His Kingdom for His Glory.

Ferdinand Foch, commander and chief of the allied armies in France during WWI said, "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." 

Passion is very important in leadership. There is a tale told of that great English actor Macready. An eminent preacher once said to him:

"I wish you would explain to me something."

"Well, what is it?

 “I don't know that I can explain anything to a preacher." 

"What is the reason for the difference between you and me? You are appearing before crowds night after night with fiction, and the crowds come wherever you go. I am preaching the essential and unchangeable truth, and I am not getting any crowd at all." 

Macready's answer was this: "This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction." 

And yet in contrast to the some I have observed, I have seen some leaders who seem to lack passion. Why do they lack it? Did they never have it? Or has their passion somehow been quenched?

When I ask these questions, it causes me to ask another: How do the people I observed stay filled with that passion to do God’s work? What are they doing that helps them maintain their passion?

Maybe it’s something that Dr. Chris Pollard says: “Leadership is not about affirming us and making people dependent on us as the ‘experts’; it’s about building up and affirming those around us to do the ministry that God has called them to.”

We throw away the lessons we have learned when we don’t share them with those growing up around us and that is an incredible waste that I believe is  sinful. We must be mentors to the younger generation. How’s your LeaderSHIP going today?




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Jack Eason is a partner and consultant with The Heart Share Group. He and Tom Lewis (co-founders of Heart Share) are dedicated to equipping ministries to be all that God has called them to be. They work with Christian radio in the areas of fundraising, non-traditional revenue, programming, underwriting, and more.