The story of Joseph again provides us with the case study that helps us to explore the subject of a leader’s inner life and competence. The phase of Joseph’s life that forms the basis of this article is when he was serving in the house of his Egyptian master, Potiphar. We read that God was with him and made him to prosper in his work. His master saw this and put him in charge of his entire household. As a result of Joseph’s excellent management of his master’s estate, God blessed Potiphar, both in the house and in the field. His master so trusted Joseph, that everything was left in his hands.
From a leadership standpoint, what is evident is that Potiphar’s estate became the platform or environment in which Joseph’s administrative, supervisory, managerial and leadership skills were honed. He thrived in that high trust high discretion environment.
However, as Joseph continued to grow in his role, Potiphar’s wife wanted to have a sexual relationship with him. Joseph rebuffed her advances. Feeling spurned, his master’s wife accused him of rape, the result of which was that Joseph was thrown into prison.
Joseph was a man of great integrity, an unimpeachable character. His imprisonment was clearly an act of great injustice. Throughout his season of service in Potiphar’s house, he maintained his testimony as a leader and refused to be compromised. He understood that there were areas that were off limits to him, especially his master’s wife. He made sure that he did not violate that or any other boundary.
Joseph’s life presents a challenge to us all, especially leaders.
Firstly, leaders must guard their inner life.
Secondly, leaders should recognise that their position of responsibility is a privilege to serve and serve well, and not a carte blanche that allows them to forage into areas that are legally and morally off limits.
For every leader, there are areas that are marked, ‘Off limits’ or ‘No trespassing’. Joseph was a man who combined character and competence to produce outstanding outcomes. He operated out of a position of integrity, deploying his skills to produce great results.
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.