Proverbs 9: 1-18
Key Verse: ” Instruct a wise man and he will add to his learning” – Prov 9:9
A Leader has to deal with four basic types of people. First, there are VIP’s— the very important People. They are today’s Leaders, and they help the primary leader accomplish his goals. By and large, they are self-sufficient men and woman who require little of the leader other than direction, plus his respect and trust. From them he often receives strength and encouragement. Just like it has been said– As Iron Sharpens Iron, so one man Sharpens Another.
The second group are the VTP’s– very trainable people. These are tomorrow’s leaders. They are like the VIP’s in talent and temperament, but they lack their experience and maturity. In order to achieve their full potential as Men Or Women, they must be trained and discipled. Although their training requires a considerable amount of the leader’s time and energy, it is time well spent. By investing himself in them , he multiplies his effectiveness.
The third group are the VNP’s— Very nice people. They like to be seen with the Leader and count him as their Friend. Being generous by nature, they make things like their cars, house available for the leader’s personal use. Their kindness is both a blessing and a burden. Even as it refreshes him, it also tempts him. The VNP’s are fun to be with and make few demands, but, by the same token, they seldom make a significant contribution to the accomplishment of the leader’s Vision.
The Fourth group are the VDP’s — Very Draining People. They tend to be insecure persons with a long history of rejection. Because the Leader is a compassionate person, they are drawn to them. Once they give them their attention, they fasten themselves to him, demanding more and more of their life. If the leader is not careful, their neediness will consume the Leader. While the leader should be available to them, he should not allow anyone to drain Him.
In my work as a Leader, I find it not only helpful, but necessary to monitor actions in order to make sure I am investing myself where it will produce the greatest return of fruit. For me, that means investing in the lives of the VTP’s— those men who will be tomorrow’s leaders. Without a doubt, my greatest sense of fulfillment comes in seeing them succeed. Through them my efforts are multiplied many times over.
Thought— It is important that we as Leaders, duplicate ourselves. Not giving pearls to swine, but discerning who is amongst us. Often times that is where the problem comes in, we don’t take time to know who is around us. This trait is of the most Importance as a leader.
C Sherman — PIFK