DCL 3.1 Instruction | The Destination Myth

Some people seem to think that if they climb into the cockpit of a jet airplane, just being in the cockpit will automatically make them a pilot. How foolish! Becoming a good leader is a lifelong process. There is noth­ing automatic about it. Good leadership is learned in the trenches. If you don’t develop your leadership skills when the stakes are small and the risks are low, you are likely to get into major trouble if and when you are placed in a high level of leadership. When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare!


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


Biblical Case Study: Joshua (Exodus 17:9-10; Numbers 13:1-14:10; Joshua 1:1-9, 18:3, 24:14-15)

Joshua served for many years under the leadership of Moses. His competence as a leader did not happen overnight. He had to be prepared over many years to handle the enormous task given to him. When he stepped into the top leadership role after the death of Moses, he was ready to lead with excellence. Joshua 11:23 states: “So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had said to Moses and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land rested from war.” What a tremendous tribute to a leader who learned in the trenches through obedience and faithfulness.

Let’s look at some lessons learned by Joshua on his leadership growth journey:

1.  He made obedience and loyalty his high priorities.

2.  He never waited to see what the crowd wanted to do.

3.  He accepted responsibility.

4.  He acted decisively.

5.  He learned from past experiences.

6.  He modeled courage for everyone.

7.  He saw the big picture.



  • Do you tend to daydream today about “one day when I am the top leader?” Or do you serve and learn today so that you are prepared for tomorrow?
  • What can you do to become the leader you desire to be?



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