Wednesday, June 25, 2014

King Solomon on Hope and Leadership (ud)

What qualities do great leaders possess? What results when leaders make promises to instill hope for their followers that never become realized?
I surmised in a novel excerpt what King Solomon, based on his proverbs, may have advised the Queen of Sheba about  these questions.  A foolish leader lacking this  attribute will lose the trust and loyalty of his followers.  Only a bigger fool would willingly choose to remain his or her follower.

The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
Great leaders will possess wisdom, good sense, and provide hope for their subjects. They will have the ability to express reality and instill within their followers an exhilarating feeling that it is good to be alive for both themselves and their posterity, their tree of life. The better their leader, the greater will be the achievements of his subjects. A leader that draws out and frustrates hopes and desires will lose the morale of his followers that will result in a sickness to end their desire to bear children, their tree of life.” Hope long drawn out is a sickness of the mind, but realized desire is a tree of life. (Proverb 13:12)

Source:  ily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka