Jesus had an inner circle.
You should too.
Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
It’s a leadership principle we can learn from and implement also.
Consistently throughout the ministry of Jesus, we see Him responding to situations in a similar fashion. Jesus didn’t simply announce His plans. Instead, He repeatedly called his inner circle together, He prepared His team and then announced His plans. The inner circle of Jesus (His disciples) were continually being shaped for leadership and ministry.
- He built loyal followers by personally investing in them.
- He gained His team’s confidence by sharing information with them.
- He expanded His ministry 12-fold by delegating to them.
Leader, as you develop an inner circle of leaders around you, when you invest in them, when you allow them to lead, you develop loyal followers will follow you anywhere and help you accomplish the vision God has given you .
I can anticipate the detractors, so let me address you now. It’s not that you are being exclusive, but rather effective. It’s impossible to lead too many direct reports in leadership. For me, I find I’m less effective when more than 4 or 5 people report directly to me. Jesus could handle 12, but even then, it appears He was even more intentional with Peter, James and John.
Do you have an inner circle of leaders you are developing?
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