Lessons on Leadership

The Story – Part 14

Lessons on Leadership

I Kings 12:1-19

Think of a leader in your life that you most wanted to follow – Why?

I Kings 12:1-5 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king. So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was still in Egypt, for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon and had been dwelling in Egypt ), that they sent and called him. Then Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”

So he said to them, “Depart for three days, then come back to me.” And the people departed.

What made Rehoboam fail as a leader?

He relied upon his position and ancestry

I Kings 11:43 Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

“No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and hearts of his men.” Infantryman’s Journal, 1954

A position gives a platform to display leadership abilities

We must use our position as an opportunity to influence and impact

He was not open to advice

I Kings 12:6-8 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?”

And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

Rehoboam asked for advice simply for the sake of appearance – he already had his mind made up before he asked for advice

We must consider the advice of those around us

He was more focused upon his own desires than the needs of the people

I Kings 12:13-14 Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him; 14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!”

Rehoboam did not serve the people – instead he used the people

We must put others first

He did not understand the gravity of the situation

I Kings 12:18-19 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

We must strive to see the position and circumstances of others

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