Accepting the Responsibility of a Leader’s Trust


2 Chronicles 20:3-4 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

A leader can delegate anything except responsibility. Leaders simply cannot give it away. They can model it; they can teach it; they can share it. But in the words of Harry Truman, the buck stops with the leader.

When Jehoshaphat became king of Judah, he assumed a trust. He was to lead the people and manage the nation’s resources. One of his greatest challenges came when an army from three countries laid plans to attack Judah. Jehoshaphat faced the same options we all face in a crisis: give up, back up, or stand up. At such times we find out the quality of our leadership:

Dropouts: leaders who give up and fail to take responsibility.
Cop-outs: leaders who make excuses for why they aren’t responsible.
Hold-outs: leaders who waiver too long to take responsibility.
All-outs: leaders who own the responsibility and take action – like Jehoshaphat.
The Maxwell Leadership Bible