“And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient’.” Numbers 27:18-20
Of all the wonderful ways Moses expressed his leadership, the most strategic had to be his training of Joshua. Moses passed along his authority, abilities, and anointing to Joshua. He gave Joshua his time, his insight, a learning environment, an opportunity to prove himself, and a strong belief in his future. The interaction of Moses and Joshua demonstrates that reproducing leaders is not a quick, simple process. It requires time, emotional investment, and sacrifice.
When you begin developing the next generation of leaders, recognize that your protégés will need certain things:
- From themselves: Conviction, courage, and obedience
- From their mentor: Equipping
- From God: Vision
- From the people: Buy-In
With time, investment, and sacrifice, you will build a legacy of leadership.
(Source: John Maxwell)