ADAM: THE FIRST LEADER OF MANKIND
What can be learned of Adam regarding leadership? Is the leadership message of Adam more powerful than what most believe?
Let's look at a couple of facts regarding Adam and why he was a born leader as God made him:
Adam led all the animals and cared for the garden of Eden. This was the power given to him by God.
When God created a companion for Adam (Adam named her Eve after they had sinned against God), the woman was beguiled by the serpent (Satan). The woman ate the fruit from the tree that God told Adam not to eat from and Adam ate from the tree when the fruit was offered to him by the woman. What can we learn from this about Adam's leadership ability?
Adam was apparently not clear with the woman regarding the danger of eating from the Tree of Good and Evil. The woman believed Satan over Adam.
Adam did not convey God's word to the woman regarding the tree. Adam failed as the leader of the Garden and as the leader of his woman. And God drove him and Eve out of the garden of Eden.
God gave Adam the ability to lead. But, Adam, having free will, did not use his ability well. A strong leader must communicate clearly to others. Adam did not communicate clearly to the woman, or she would not have fallen to Satan's words. Because of Adam's faulty communication to his wife, all mankind has been punished.
To the woman He (God) said:
"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you."
Then to Adam He said: "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it':
"Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistle it shall bring forth
And you shall eat the herb of the field,
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return." (Genesis 3:16-19)
God was angry and saddened by Adam's disobedience and as a father who loves his children, He punishes his disobedient children.
Don't make the mistake Adam made. As a leader, you must communicate clearly with your followers. Adam made the biggest blunder of mankind when he did not express himself clearly to his wife. Unclear or lack of communication is the cause of more strife in families, relationships and businesses than any other cause.
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