“Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:”
An amazing statement is often missed in the verse above that shows why Daniel was such a great leader. This verse says, “Then Daniel answered with counsel…” Hold on; this is the Daniel that could interpret dreams. This is the Daniel who was the counselor going to get counsel. This is the Daniel that knew what to do when every other leader and counselor in the country had no clue of how to lead the king. Yet, it was this Daniel who needed counsel in answering Nebuchadnezzar. The strength of Daniel was knowing that he didn’t know everything; so, he was willing to get counsel in the areas he didn’t know, and this is what made him a great leader.
The greatest leaders who have existed are the leaders who acknowledged that they don’t have the answers to everything in life. When I was an evangelist working under the ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles, there were many times I would go to him for advice for my ministry. There were a couple of times when I went to him that he looked at me and said, “I don’t have the answer for you right now, but let me ask some people who do know the answer and I will get back to you.” Now, you must understand that Bro. Hyles pastored a church that ran around fifteen thousand every Sunday. Yet, he admitted to a follower that he didn’t know everything and was willing to go to someone whose ministry was obviously not as big as his for advice on how to help someone in his ministry. My friend, this is strength! This strength is what gave me security that I had a leader who would care enough and humble enough not to shoot in the dark about something he didn’t know, but was willing to get the right information that would lead me in the right path concerning the decision I needed to make.
There is no weakness in admitting that you don’t know everything. The most dangerous thing a leader can do is never go to another for help in an area that they don’t know about but think they have all the answers. My friend, you are not God, so why is it a weakness to admit that you are not omniscient? Why do you think you are weakening your leadership position to admit that you don’t know everything? It is the weak and dangerous leader who thinks they know everything. To admit that you don’t know everything is only admitting that you are human, which is true and obvious.
Moreover, strength is recognizing your weakness. You can’t be strong in every area. Certainly, great leaders are strong in most areas, but great leaders still have areas of weakness where they must get help when they don’t know what to do. To know your area of weakness is critical in being able to lead others. The greatest leader will know where they are weak so that they can get help in that area.
Furthermore, strength is surrounding yourself with people who are stronger than you in your weak areas. It takes a strong and smart leader who is not intimidated to surround themselves with people who are smarter than them in the areas where they are weaker. Very few people have the ability to lead leaders, but those who have that ability are confident enough to let stronger people than they help them in the areas where they might need help. You will find that you will become a better leader for those you lead if you are willing to let others help you in those areas where you may not be as strong.