Who comes to mind when you think of great leaders? What criteria do you use to measure them? Can you identify the different qualities of a great manager or a great leader? Twentieth century management guru, Peter Drucker, famously stated that "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
Doing things right has its own reward. Sometimes, immediate feedback tells us whether or not things are going well. If our implementation or delivery systems are broken we can tweak something and make a change here or there. We can ‘fix’ the problem. Many people settle into predictable ‘fix-it’ management patterns rather than try to create something new. Leadership challenges us to ask if we’re doing the right things. Leadership can be awkward and stressful often because it sails us into unchartered waters and we arrive at destinations where we’ve never been.
As the twelfth king of Judah, Hezekiah chose to do the right thing. He was an extraordinary leader and a source of comfort for God’s people during the reign of his godless father Ahaz. The prophets who had condemned Ahaz and his clique of notables pointed to Hezekiah as the savior of the people and of God’s religion, at a time when Judea had sunk to the bottom of political and spiritual depravity. If you want to know more about Hezekiah, check this out (http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/464023/jewish/King-Hezekiah.htm)
Hezekiah did all he could to restore pure worship of God and organize the nation according to God’s law. Hezekiah was a great leader. Leaders ask tough questions. They challenge status quo and try to discern if the right things are being accomplished. Take some time to explore whether you are doing the right things. When we allow God to be the king of our heart, he redeems our life and restores our sense of closeness to him.
Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after him. 2 Kings 18:5 NIV