The first part of the post I shared some thoughts on these two Proverbs:
- Proverbs 4: 23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
- Proverbs 10: 9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.
Let’s continue to gain wisdom and insights from verses written by the wisest person who ever lived.
Proverbs 12 24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
Success and influence comes as a result of working hard. Leaders understand that leading requires a significant amount of energy, time, and effort. Those who are willing to work hard in the leadership roles they have will obtain lasting influence and numerous benefits. The combination of time and hard work allowed people like Michael Hyatt, Dan Rockwell, and Chris LoCurto to achieve the level of success they possess. Be a person who chooses to always work hard in whatever you do.
Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
Leaders should adapt a generous and giving mindset. They should provide people with the gift of recognition, uninterrupted time, and appropriate rewards for the work they do. A valuable gift a leader can give to another person is an increase of authority and responsibilities. It’s important to delegate higher levels of responsibilities and tasks to trustworthy and talented people.
Anyone, no matter your religious views, would benefit from reading the book of Proverbs. In fact, I challenge you to read a chapter a day (Proverbs has 31 chapters so it will take a month) and see for yourself how much knowledge and wisdom you gain.
Questions: How has these two verses impacted the way you lead? What can you do today to implement these words of wisdom?