~ People who make you tick as a leader ~
By Rev. Clifford Chisha
Some people who make us tick as leaders may not even be popular.
If we are not careful, we may end up not identifying people who make us tick and even lose them.
There are some people who causes us to do our best, to continue even when everything seems to be pulling us back and to correct our mistakes.
In the second book of Kings, we find an interesting story of a king who began to reign when he was seven years old.
The name of this king is Joash.
“Joash was seven years old when he began to reign.”
When Joash’s father died, his wicked grandmother Athaliah tried to kill everyone in the royal family so that she could claim the throne.
She partially managed and became queen but only reigned for almost six years.
1 – When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.
2 – But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.
The chief priest Jehoiada protected and later anointed Joash king and helped provide guidance to the king who reigned for almost 39 years.
Joash was a good king as long as Jehoiada was there to guide him.
It was Jehoiada who made king Joash tick. The king made very good decisions when Jehoiada was alive. When he died, the king stopped ticking.
My fellow leader, there are some people who make us tick.
Their availability is very beneficial.
In some cases, we encounter people who goes out of their way to protect us and support us in an amazing and sacrificial way that causes us to tick.
Look around and see if you have such people in your life. People who believe in you and bring the best out of you.
Treasure such people and find a good way of acknowledging and rewarding their efforts.
Some leaders stop ticking because they decide to sideline those who made them tick.