As I work through my next book for the year (#18 unless I finish another one beforehand), I will be journaling my answers to the book “Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes”. This particular book is the 3rd in the series. You can read the other posts in this series here.
A choir director is a good picture of leadership and team building. They recruit, audition, assign parts, rehearse, and direct music. But at the end of the performance, the applause goes to choir.
Judges 7:1-8 is an account of God “thinning the heard” of the army of Gideon. God tells Gideon to go to war against a group of people called Midianites. When 32,000 people showed up, Gideon had to be feeling pretty good about the odds. Soon, at God’s prompting, the army was down to 300. Gideon took that army to war with the Midianites and was victorious. There are some valuable lessons here to include this: not everyone who shows up should get a seat on the bus.
1 Corinthians 12:20 says “There are many parts, yet one body.” We all have a very specific role to play and as a leader, we should be using this same approach in our every day lives as well.
We should focus more on being a choir director than singing in the choir. Unless, of course, you aren’t a good choir director. Maybe you have a good voice and should be singing. Be self-aware enough to know if you need to be singing or directing the choir.