Progress involves process; success takes time

(Exodus 7:14-36)

One of the things that sometimes happens in a change or transformation programme, and indeed in leadership situations is that the leader can make the mistake of not carefully managing expectation. 

At the beginning of the journey, the euphoria, excitement and sense of hope is so heightened. The inherent danger is that people are so hyped up and unrealistic that they are unable to deal with the emotional dip that will surely come when things get tough.

We see this played out in this phase of Moses’ leadership; the cycle of plagues and afflictions, the many ills that came upon the land of Egypt, when each succeeding blow seemed to harden Pharaoh’s resolve, deepen his anger and entrench his will. A power test was taking place. A battle of wills had been truly joined.

The key insight that we glean here is that the children of Israel had rather naively expected that the exit from Egypt would be quick and easy, a short, sharp process. How wrong they were.

What each encounter that Moses had with Pharaoh and the plague that came upon the land of Egypt showed, was that the route map out of the land of Egypt was going to be a very bumpy, painful ride over a long period of time.

The key message out of all of this is simple, yet sobering.

  • First, progress always is a matter of process.
  • Secondly, success or the end product takes time.
  • Thirdly, expectations need to be managed well.
  • Fourthly, at each phase when people are down, they need to have some success that indicates that progress is being made or will be made. That helps to sustain hope and maintain momentum.

Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.

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