“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
One of the great leadership qualities of God is that He leads with the mindset to grow. God understands that growth has times when the follower will do good, and He also knows there will be times when the follower will struggle. No matter what the follower does, God controls His ability to react with all His power. God has the power to destroy, but He chooses to control His power so that He can build those who choose to follow Him.
Though leaders do not have the power that God has, they do have the power to hurt their followers. The difference between leaders who build people and leaders who destroy is their ability to control their power. Controlled leadership is necessary to build strong lives. The verse above shows God’s ability to have controlled leadership. If you are going to be the controlled leader like God, you are going to have to follow the three qualities of controlled leadership that God displays in the verse above. Let me share with you those three qualities.
First, controlled leadership is willing to let followers make a mistake while they grow. The verse above says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious…” The LORD knows that His followers are human; therefore, He is merciful and gracious with them when they make foolish, and sometimes intentional mistakes. No follower will ever grow if the leader can’t allow them to make mistakes. My friend, people will make mistakes, and you must control yourself while they are growing in their responsibilities. Controlled leadership understands that mercy and grace must be exercised when followers don’t do things the way they should be done. Certainly, leaders could do the tasks themselves, but they will never grow their followers if they don’t allow them the chance to make a mistake. Controlled leadership exercises mercy and grace by teaching their followers instead of constantly chiding them.
Second, controlled leadership is a slow responder to troubling situations. The verse above says that the LORD is “slow to anger.” God doesn’t react quickly to every move that we make; rather, He is slow to respond to every situation. Controlled leadership understands that they don’t have to always respond to every situation. A controlled leader is slow to respond so that the Holy Spirit can do the work in the heart of the individual. As a leader, you are going to have to let the LORD do the work in the heart of those who follow you. If you feel you have to quickly react to everything you hear, you will say and do things that will hurt your followers. The best leadership responds slowly for the sake of not jumping to conclusions. Certainly, there are times you must respond quickly, but those times are very few. Controlled leadership knows that most of the time the best response is to wait because it knows that most things are not as big as the moment dictates.
Third, controlled leadership is merciful in dealing with people. The verse above says the LORD is “plenteous in mercy.” You are going to have to deal with complex situations as a leader, but you must always leave the follower with their dignity when correcting them. Controlled leadership corrects the situation without attacking the individual. Controlled leadership never belittles the follower, but builds them through mercy and grace by correcting the mistakes without destroying the person.