"They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor" - Habakkuk 1:7.
Jesus is the model for leadership and all other leaders are measured to Him and found lacking. In today's verse, the Lord Himself qualified the Babylonians as instruments He was using, even though they were feared and dreaded because they were a rebellious and prideful people. The Lord would evaluate and judge them according to His own standards and they like all others were woefully inadequate as leaders. Just because the Lord chooses a leader does not mean He endorses their leadership decisions or philosophy and they will be judged by one standard of righteousness that is best explained, revealed and described in the person, actions and humble attitudes of Jesus the Messiah.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to determine that Jesus is your role model for your leadership style. What were the characteristics of Jesus' leadership style from your point of view? Are those traits present in your own life and leadership? For additional help, you may wish to read Philippians 2, which beautifully sets forth Jesus' humble leadership behaviors and attitudes. Then set some goals that will enable you to develop those same characteristics.