Leadership is broken because leaders are unbroken
"To listen well is as powerful a means of
communication and influence as to talk well."
- John Marshall
Leaders who don’t listen talk their way right out of leadership. That’s exactly what happened to Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, who disqualified himself as king over most of Israel because he refused to listen to his followers.
A representative group of leaders came to Rehoboam from the northern part of what should have been his kingdom (I Kings 12:1-17) and asked him to lighten the tax and forced labor load that his father had put on them. He responded with wisdom and sought out assistance from his father’s seasoned advisers who knew that the request was a right one, and Rehoboam should agree to it. They made one of the greatest leadership statements ever when they told him, If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants (vs. 7). Here is the secret of servant leadership: