The Story of Nehemiah provides many principles and thoughts about leadership and successfully completing a major project. Nehemiah was the leader who led in the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem which was no easy task. Nehemiah,
gained favor with the King (His authority), personally inspected the walls, planned the costs and what it would take to rebuild the walls, effectively communicated the importance of rebuilding the walls to the people, successfully influence others to join the effort in build the walls, handled opposition and conflict, and completing the project in a timely manner (52 days).
Embarking and accomplishing the rebuilding of the walls took effective leadership. There is something else we can learn from this story. That is what a leader should do before embarking on a project and the answer to that can be found in the first chapter of Nehemiah:
One of my brothers, had just arrived from Judah with some fellow Jews. I asked them about the conditions among the Jews there who had survived the exile, and about Jerusalem. They told me, “The exile survivors who are left there in the province are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is still rubble; the city gates are still cinders.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.
Did you catch that? After hearing about the conditions of the walls the first thing Nehemiah did was to mourn, fast, and pray for several days. This is an important aspect a Christian leader needs to remember before embarking on a project or when a big issue or problem occurs. To take the time to pray, fast, and seek God’s direction and guidance. This is a significant and essential action a leader needs to apply to their life and leadership.
Question: What do you do before embarking on a project?