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I would like to draw a leadership lesson from the life of Moses in the Bible. The Book of Exodus narrates a story of how God got the attention of a shepherd named Moses by using a burning bush. He investigated this strange occurrence of a bush burning up but yet was not consumed by the fire. God then directs him to go to Egypt, a superpower at the time, to tell Pharaoh to release all the Israelite slaves. This was an audacious directive for a simple shepherd who was also a wanted man in Egypt, having murdered an Egyptian about 40 years earlier.
Moses naturally came up with several excuses as to why he was the wrong man to lead the Israelites out of bondage. He was overwhelmed by the enormity of this leadership responsibility so he requested that God get a better candidate for the job. Moses failed to see the opportunity in the directive because all he saw was the responsibility. God was offering him the opportunity to lead men but he was content to simply lead sheep in the wilderness.
A number of people avoid leadership assignments because of its attached responsibilities but fail to spot the tremendous opportunities inherent in these assignments. This perceptual problem has prevented many leaders from seizing the opportunity to move up the leadership ladder because of a lack of self confidence. Sometimes you need to trust that those offering you these leadership responsibilities believe in your leadership abilities. God saw the leadership potential in Moses which he failed to recognise in himself.
Leaders, especially new ones, should learn to reframe responsibility from being a burden to being an opportunity to stretch and grow their leadership skills. Moses obeyed God by taking on the leadership assignment and he would go on to become one of the greatest leaders in Jewish history.