Be a Servant Leader


Rehoboam, a fragment of the Council Chamber murals
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The key to the success of any organization is found in two key elements: the leadership and the people. Leaders must show the way, provide the resources to reach the the goal, and provide accountability. Your attitudes and outlook as a leader and toward your people will frame every policy decision you make.

I Kings 12:1-19 marks the beginning of the reign of Rehoboam as king of the united twelve tribes of Israel. However, the kingdom was divided and a long-term rebellion against the house of David was instigated, even before the confetti was cleaned up from his inaugural ball. Rehoboam had the benefit of the counsel of elders who had served the wisest man to ever have lived – King Solomon, his father. They had watched for forty years as God had rendered wise judgments to His chosen people through this great king. But when the people came before the new young king with a pledge to serve him, Rehoboam forsakes the counsel of the elders for the fast friendships of his peers.

Rehoboam clearly lacked wisdom which Proverbs 1:7 says comes from the fear of the Lord. Ironically, this Proverb was written by Rehoboam’s father during his lifetime. Rehoboam had not learned the lesson that King Solomon knew so well: the key to effective leadership is humility. Solomon was willing to be known for who he was: a flawed man called to fill a role by God. Solomon knew that he had no power within his person great enough to accomplish the awesome responsibility of governing Israel. He humbled himself before the God he feared and the people he served. The result was Israel’s golden age.

The consequences of the actions by the proud and foolish Rehoboam stand in stark contrast: the kingdom was permanently divided and idolatry, prostitution and warfare were the distinguishing characteristics of his reign. But the most damming result of the young king’s failure to adopt a servant’s heart is found in verse 19, “So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Business owner/manager, if you want to lead your company, then humble yourself before your God and be willing to be known for who you are among your fellow men. It is God’s formula to make servants out of leaders.

Being a servant leader is essential for business prosperity. If you would like to discuss more about becoming a servant leader, or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

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