The First Obstacle in Leadership: Our Speech…

A leader’s words have profound impact. Whether we acknowledge it or not, words matter and can be the difference between a changed life and a life lived in despair. It is the first obstacle that leaders must fight daily to overcome which is:

“A leader must choose to Respond rather than React.” 

Biblical Example: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)

It is a challenge to hold our tongue in the face of this world’s cruel language. We must remember that true power lies in our words. We can heal from physical wounds much faster than from hurtful words that wound us deeply. Ask anyone that we have meet, if they can recall the hurtful words spoken to them as a child, as a teenager, and in relationships past.  

I believe that the words that injure our heart are seared into our minds and only through the power of Jesus Christ can we forgive those who have left scars on our souls. It is human nature to hold on to our hurt it is supernatural to forgive and be set free.

Consider the power of words:

With a few words, a man can declare war: “you have the green light commander”

With a few words, an individual can commit adultery. 

With a few words, one can commit their life to another: “I do”

With a few words, an individual can inspire: “Be strong and courageous”

With a word, someone can lift our spirits or destroy them.  

It doesn’t take long for us to realize the reason why we carry hurts from our past. Hurtful words seem to echo in our minds, but that is not where God wants us to dwell. The devil wants us to remain in our pain and focus more on our hurt than our possibilities. 

We have all seen more good done by those who choose to forgive, love in spite of their pain, and share their stories with others. This is the power of a testimony which is one who is brave enough to share their story and how God brought them through the dark times, changed their heart, and brought peace to their life.

As leaders we must understand that we have great power given to us from above. We carry the power of life and death in our words. With this power we can build up or tear down. With this same power we can destroy our very own soul. 

God’s word is full of encouragement. Therefore, let us choose to move past the bitterness and share the good word! Sometimes all someone needs is a smile, a kind word, or a gesture of compassion that may make the difference in their day. 

God Bless,

Andrew Starnes

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries 


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