Melvyn Tan
November 2, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

A Great Leader Takes Notice And Gives Notice

[blockquote source=”Ezekiel 3:18-21 (NIV)“]When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you […]

[blockquote source=”Ezekiel 3:18-21 (NIV)“]When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself. “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”[/blockquote]

Passenger in the Car
As a passenger in the car, I’ve always act as a lookout for the driver. Warning him if there are upcoming dangers as well as to give him the go ahead especially when his view is being blocked.

I’ve always make it a point to do that, perhaps it was during my days as a conscript, where I am the “vehicle commander” and hence I am expected to give instructions to the driver during deployment.

Take Notice & Give Notice
We, as leaders, have the same responsibility to do the same: to take notice and to give notice. As I coach the senior management of schools here in Singapore, I can essentially categorize them into two groups that need help.

The first group belongs to the category of can do great work but don’t do great work. The second is can do great work but won’t do great work. It might sound a little harsh, but here’s the parallel to today’s verses.

Righteous & Wicked
The first group are the righteous ones, while the second the wicked. Why the parallel, well, if you can do great work (for the children of the school) but won’t (as in reluctant or not willing) then it is being similar to being wicked. The schools are the stewards and as stewards, you have the responsibility and accountability to the students.

Challenge, Conquer, Celebrate
The framework that I use when working with the first group is the 3Cs: Challenge, Conquer, Celebrate. As I believe that everyone is destined for greatness, the only difference is whether you are in a position of influence or not to do the great work. Of course some of us would lament that they have not been given the opportunity, but truth be told, they can give themselves the opportunity if they want to, badly. No one gave Rosa Parks the opportunity nor the permission to say “no”, but she did it anyway.

Hence the workings of the 3Cs are as follow:

  • Challenge: help the leaders identify the impact it would have on the students if they were to undertake the challenge
  • Conquer: once they are agreeable to taking up the challenge, they then need to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to conquer the challenges ahead
  • Celebrate: the moment they achieve any success, albeit even small ones, they are asked to celebrate it.

Free to Choose
As for the second group, it does take a little persuasion to transform them into the first group and then the same framework applies. But the sad truth is this: some people are coach-able, others are not. For those that are not, it is our duty as leaders to warn them. But at the end of the day, they are free to choose whether they want to do great work during their tenure.

Are You Willing to Step Up
My friend, you are capable of great work, whether you know it or not. Choose to give yourself the permission to do great work. Don’t deny us of the enhancements in our lives just because you won’t step up.

Father I pray that as a watchman, that I have the courage and wisdom to take notice and give notice to others who may look but do not see. In Jesus name, Amen.