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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Day 101: Chaos and confusion

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 13-14

There are many good books written today on effective leadership. The two chapters we have read today are on bad leadership.

Saul leads the people in fear. Emotions rule his heart. He is impatient, brash, and makes radical vows and oaths without considering the consequences. The result? Chaos and confusion!

It is hard to keep track of what is happening in these chapters due to the chaotic battle plans. The people sense this and start to wane in their support. They do not respect Saul's leadership; he cannot muster confidence in them.

Saul is not a good leader. Though his name and his stature hail him as hearty and strong, his leadership proves otherwise. Jonathon, his son, seems to have the better military sense and more common sense. Imagine the frustration of this son having to serve under his father.

Yet serve he does. Jonathon continues at Saul's side despite Saul's erratic nature. Jonathon tries to appease the other soldiers and even yields to his father's bizarre decree to curse whomever eats before battle.

So what do you do when you must serve under a bad leader? How do you keep your cool and avoid adding fuel to the fire, adding chaos and confusion?

I'm going to keep my eye on Jonathon. He seems like the only one in the family who has his act together.

What do you think?

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