The Leadership Journey Podcast (16): Nehemiah

This week’s podcast takes a look at the Old Testament story of Nehemiah. While we must always be careful not to reduce the Bible, or any of its stories, to the point where we miss the main point, there are some interesting leadership lessons to be gleaned in observing some of the leaders whose stories are told.

Nehemiah’s story takes us back to the post-exilic world towards the end of the Old Testament timeline: he is in Persia while many of his compatriots are struggling against the backdrop of a ruined city of Jerusalem. From Nehemiah’s deep brokenness emerges a vision of a renewed city and becomes the leader of a great movement for rebuilding and renewal.

As you listen to the podcast, there are three main leadership questions for you to reflect on in relation to your own leadership:

  1. The vision and mission question: what needs to be done?
  2. The team question: who will help you to do it?
  3. The resilience question: what obstacles will you need to overcome?

PS – Keith Lamdin, in his book Finding your Leadership Style, suggests that there are three essential ingredients to leadership: discontent, vision, and courage – interesting in the light of with the 3 Nehemiah questions.

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