Everything rises and falls on Leadership – John Maxwell


The Parable of the Trees – Judges 9:7-15

Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and cried out. And he said to them: “ Listen to me, you men of Shechem, That God may listen to you!  “The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree,‘ Reign over us! ’  But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I cease giving my oil, With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees? ’  “Then the trees said to the fig tree,‘You come and reign over us! ’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, And go to sway over trees? ’ “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us! ’ But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine Which cheers both God and men And go to sway over trees? ’ “Then all the trees said to the bramble ‘You come and reign over us! ’ And the bramble said to the trees ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, let fire come out of the bramble And devour the cedars of Lebanon!


Luke 6:43-45

 “ For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.



L Lead (Simply put, go to the front of the line. Can’t lead from the back.)

Never say, “Our people won’t.” Only say, “We haven’t led them to….”

E Excellence (Excellence is a “standard” of expectation.)

A – Attitude (Respect and Appreciation)

D – Develop

Develop the leader within you

       Develop the leaders around you –  John Maxwell

E – Environment  (This is the atmosphere we grow in.  You can either be in a

healthy environment or an unhealthy environment. Positive or Negative )

R – Repetitions  (Repetition is the key to training.)


Contrasting Characteristics of a Bad Leader

L – Lead from the back. (Goat herder)

E – Elite-ness is more important than Excellence

A – Attitude of Disrespect and Negativity

D – Decider instead of Developer

E – Enterprise instead of Environment

R – Reputation instead of Repetition

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