The Lexicon of Leadership

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There are at least three (3) things that you will not get back: time wasted, opportunities neglected and words spoken. Time, opportunities and words must be managed and maximized. Of the three, the spoken word is the most important. Your time is invested or wasted by your words. Opportunities are opened or closed by your words.

Leaders live by a different kind of lexicon. Leaders are those whom shape the conversation of a culture or generation. Leaders have the language that brings to life the boldest visions and loftiest dreams. Leaders are not simply speakers; leaders are shapers. Leaders shape the way we speak and think.

Jesus came into the world as a new lexicon. Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). Jesus enters the world as a new kind of conversation. He introduces language that was either new or that now He would revolutionize. Words like “Father”, “kingdom”, “church” and “love” were introduced to us from an other-worldly dictionary. These words now have meaning that is eternal. These were not mere words, these are words that give faith a clear voice.

Jesus was never just throwing out words. Jesus warned against idle words” But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account therefore in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). Words are powerful. Words can shape history and define destinies. Words will be brought into account. Our  words then, are a stewardship. We are to use our words carefully and wisely.

Jesus was shaping a new spirit with a new semantic. “The words I speak, they are spirit and life” (John 6:63).  Jesus was introducing a new way of speaking about spiritual things and life. A new conversation creates a new consciousness. We eventually take on the walk of our talk. What we speak becomes what we think and what we think becomes our words.  Our words ultimately shape our world.

“That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but thou shall believe what things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). What Jesus taught about word staggers the human imagination.  To read these words not only provokes your faith, they can intimidate your faith. Can it really be true that Jesus wants me to have whatever I say?  Is that a blessing or a curse?  Can I be trusted with such power?

The power is yours, however you choose to use it. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21). Leaders are practicing power, like lawyers practice law and doctors practice medicine. Authentic leaders use the power of their tongues to create opportunities and correct inconsistencies for those they lead. Leaders use their words to speak life to the positives and death to the negatives.

 

 

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