Monday, January 23, 2017

Five Dimensions of Balanced and Effective Leadership

UV 2184/10000 Five Dimensions of Effective and Balanced Leadership
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9 v 6

Most so called secular leaders or managers fail as they do not know how to manage their invisibles or their inner being. They do not have a model to emulate. They do not have the wisdom or knowledge to deal with the uncertainties of life, business and industry. They do not have a guide or coach or even laid down ground rules to follow in various circumstances. These shortcomings are met in the five titles and attributes of Jesus as specified in this uni-verse. Government or leadership and management challenges are met in Jesus. Life and leadership rests on His able shoulders for He is shaped as a cornerstone that holds the whole edifice in place. This uni-verse gives us the five dimensions of God governance manifested in Jesus: Jesus is a Wonderful Governor. This is the supernatural dimension. He is both human and divine, natural and supernatural, miraculous and amazing. He best represents the perfect blending of the natural and the supernatural that the manger leader or manager should model on. He is a Counsellor- one who advices, guides, understands and comforts. This is the dimension of wisdom and understanding.

Jesus is the Mighty God: this is the power dimension as well as the justice dimension. He holds the universe in place and ensures that justice and righteousness of God is met in earth as in heaven. This dimension sees Him intervening on our behalf against powerful foes and enemies. He vindicates the righteous by faith. Jesus is also the Everlasting Father. This is the personal and love dimension. This attribute sees Jesus caring for us as a loving Father, rebuking and correcting us when we go wrong or disobey the will of God, providing for us according to His riches in glory, protecting and covering us as a hen covers its chicks with His wings of prayer and the Word. As everlasting Father, He has compassion on us. HE intercedes with His Father in heaven on our behalf.

The fifth dimension of manger leadership is peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He purchases in His death the potential of peace with God for all. He destroys the works of darkness of the prince of darkness. He replaces the ruler of darkness in our hearts and gives us peace with our past, peace in the present, peace in the future and eternal peace. He brings order and peace out of darkness, violence, chaos, sin, grief and sorrows. He commands the waves of every storm in our lives to be calm and these will obey His voice and word. He restored and maintains peace in our inner being regardless of the circumstances. Jesus rules us as a Wise and Wonderful Leader, as a Sovereign and all powerful God, as a loving, gracious, generous and redeeming Father, as a Prince who rules us not with fear or making us feel insecure and vulnerable but through peace and security. As manger leaders or managers, we too need to be aware of , possess and utilise these five dimensions of a sense of wonder, of seeking and using wise counsel, of using strength and power in the right way to accomplish what is just, of being like a gracious, merciful, generous, caring, protective father, of ruling to establish and enhance peace in our homes, offices, streets and nations.

Prateep V Philip

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