Leadership Insights From Daniel 4

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Leadership isn’t about YOU – it’s about OTHERS.

Too many leaders are concerned about THEIR title, power, authority, perks, rights, place, agenda, comfort, etc.

Great leadership is motivated by a genuine desire to HELP OTHERS .


Daniel was quickly promoted. He was a success story. God’s favor was on his life and Nebuchadnezzar (the king Daniel served) benefited from having Daniel “on his team.”

Daniel certainly received the perks of leadership. Not only was Daniel promoted but he was also showered with gifts and the “extras” that seem to go along with leadership positions.

One thing I noticed about Daniel is that HE BROUGHT OTHERS WITH HIM AS HE RECEIVED PROMOTIONS.

Daniel 2
47 The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.”
48 Then the king appointed Daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts. He made Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon, as well as chief over all his wise men.
49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be in charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained in the king’s court.

Notice what verse 49 says, “At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be in charge…”

Daniel saw to it that his friends were promoted. He didn’t have to. He could have left them in the dust as he moved on to bigger and better things… but he made sure that his buddies were brought up along with him.

Leadership Thoughts:

As you grow to new levels, make sure you bring people with you!

Promote others.

Believe in people. Believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Help them accomplish more than they could on their own.

By the way – that last point is my life mission statement: I exist to believe in people more than they believe in themselves and to help them accomplish more than they ever could on their own.

I am a husband, father, pastor, leader & reader. I love God, love people & love life.

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