LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION BY FRANCIS ABBAH
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”- Proverbs 27:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Leaders must always understand the principle behind the law of association. Whoever the leader surrounds himself or herself with will either take the leader and the people with whom he/she leads toward the fulfillment of the vision of the team, groups, organization or the nation within which the leader leads or away from it. This is especially crucial in the area of seeking counsel to undertake significant decisions that have massive impact on the followers. And as Rick Godwin puts it, “whoever you run with will determine how you run, the direction you run, how fast you run and how far you run”.
In order to do that, a leader must be able to discern rightly with the help of God which people can provide the best of counsel to him/her. People who love the leader, and desire the best for the leader are usually good candidates for this responsibility. But in as much as leaders seek counsel from others, it is always advisable first of all to seek counsel from God who is the source of all power and intelligence and who can direct the path of the leader to the right people the leader needs for counsel.
A man once recalled his early years in high school where in a statistical class, only one student was known to be good at that course. Within weeks of lecturing the course by the lecturer, all but 11 students dropped the course. He then decided to befriend the guy who was known to be good at the course. The outcome? He passed the course. Lesson; who you associate with in a long run will ultimately determine your success or failure as a leader.
Hence, leaders must be very prudent in the selection of team members and counselors because that will in the long run, help the entity the leader leads to rise or fall.
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