Today I read Numbers 27 where the Lord tells Moses that Joshua is the next leader of Israel. The Lord took Moses up into a mountain and allowed him to see the promised land but told Moses that he would not be allowed to set foot into it. Moses did not say anything about this, but was concerned about there being someone in charge once he was gone to lead the children of Israel.
You can tell that Moses genuinely cared for the children of Israel. And I would suppose that after forty years with them he would either love them or hate them. But he really cared about them and about their well being. He was really concerned about them having the right support structure for their spiritual needs. This is the sign of a very good leader. It shows someone who loves his people. A shepherd and not a sheep herder. If all leaders cared about their charges the way Moses did, this world would be a wonderful place.
It gives us a good model to follow. In order to be an effective leader, we have to connect with the people we lead on a personal level. It doesn't matter if we are a church leader of people or secular. We have to find that personal connection in order to gain their trust and their love and in order to love them in return. You can always tell when a leader cares about his/her people that they lead and the ones that are personally involved are much more effective and make all the difference in the world. Until tomorrow.