Pharaoh called Joseph out of prison, asked him for advice, heeded his counsel, and made him second in command.
Pharaoh took his ring off and placed it on Joseph’s hand. He clothed Joseph in royal garments, and commanded the people to bow down to Joseph when he passed by.
When famine finally made the land bare, the people came to Pharaoh crying for bread. He in turn directed them to Joseph: the man he had empowered to handle the famine problem.
I see an incredible leader here.
- Pharaoh isn’t afraid to admit that he doesn’t have all the answers.
- The most innovative idea in the room doesn’t have to be his idea.
- He recognizes leadership in unlikely candidates. Even prisoners are given a chance to fly.
- He rewards great leaders with position, not pat’s on the back.
- He isn’t afraid to give away authority.
- He doesn’t need the ring on his finger: he knows he’s Pharaoh. He is secure.
- He honors leaders in the eyes of the people.
- Creative ideas were allotted the right resources.
- When he put a leader into a position, he let that person do his job. He didn’t have to do everything himself.
- He worked well with people that weren’t from his tribe.
We could use a few more secure leaders that aren’t afraid to let the Joseph’s around them excel.
Don’t you think?