BUS 600 Foundations of Business
In the context of the 4-R Leadership model, Nehemiah was an exemplary servant leader. He had a very clear understanding of his relationship with God, himself, and the Jewish people. He acted in the capacity of a direction setter for the task of rebuilding the wall. He executed flawless strategies during the rebuilding process while keeping the people motivated to continue the work. In the end he achieved the goal and completed the wall in only fifty-two days.
The first "R" in the model is about relationships. Nehemiah had a progressive relationship with God from the beginning to the end of the wall rebuilding project. Upon learning that the Jewish people in his homeland were in state of vulnerability due to the destruction of the wall, Nehemiah began to pray. By doing so, he rendered an acknowledgment concerning his faltering relationship with God and the faltering relationship between God and the Jews. "We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which they commandedst thy servant Moses" (Nehemiah 1:7 KJV).
Another example of relationships was evident in the king's willingness to allow Nehemiah to go re-build the wall and the letters to the governors of other lands. The king, even, sent horsemen to aid Nehemiah during his travels. This clearly establishes that Nehemiah had a formidable relationship with the king.
The second "R" is roles. What role did Nehemiah play? Nehemiah was the direction setter. He had the ability to conceptualize what needed to happen. "Servant- leaders seek to nurture their ability to dream great dreams" (Spears, 2000). The rebuilding of the wall was, indeed, a task not meant for those that were unable to "see the big picture". It was a monumental undertaking. Obviously, none of the current...
References: Spears, L.C. (2000). On character and servant-leadership: ten characteristics of
effective, caring leaders. Concepts and connections Newsletter, 8(3).
The Matthew Henry Study Bible. King James Version. Michigan: World Publishing, Inc.
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