Know Your People Before Placing Them
“Also the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. And next to them Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, made repairs. Next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok the son of Baana made repairs.” Nehemiah 3:3-4
Thomas Jefferson once said, “No duty the executive has to perform is so trying as to put the right man in the right place.” Shortly after his arrival in Jerusalem, we see Nehemiah busily at work putting the right people in the right places. The text lists specific men as the builders of specific gates. Why? Nehemiah placed them in stations according to their natural gifts and interests and had them build the portion of the wall right in front of their homes. Talk about motivation!
Nehemiah recognized the principles that make organizations progress:
1. Motivation without organization equals frustration.
2. The strongest organizations are the simplest.
3. Leaders love everybody, but move with the movers.
4. Good organizations establish clear lines of authority.
5. People do what you inspect, not what you expect.
6. Leaders provide a supportive climate.
7. Successful organizations recognize and reward effort.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible