The rise to power in business or organizations through money, position, skills, contacts, or knowledge brings out the tendency to become harsh with others, not always intentional but harsh nevertheless. Over time it becomes easier to rely on one's own wisdom since any behavior can be justified due to success.  Leading others harshly risks intensifying their doubt rather than encouraging them in belief. What is thought of as needed encouragement comes out more as criticism, often harsh criticism.  Justification by success leads toward a growing self-deceit, arrogance, and harshness in dealing with others when mercy is required. Proverbs 18:23

Being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit through faith enables one to lead in the bigger picture without seeing only a bigger picture of oneself. John 3:30-31  Seeking to lead by serving, knowing, and forgiving others enables leadership that is firm without being a marshmallow, yet with gentleness and respect. Genesis 50:19-21

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