"When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down
or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned
who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of
killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way
to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout
the whole kingdom of Xerxes" - Esther 3:5-6.
Haman squandered a wonderful leadership opportunity because he was blinded by hatred. He had unlimited access to the king, authority, power and wealth. Yet he was motivated by personal gain and revenge and those two motivators caused him to make poor decisions that eventually cost him and his family their lives. What's more, Haman used people toward his own ends and, when they could not benefit him or did not honor him, he looked to eliminate them. Leaders must confront their own heart and face what is motivating them to lead and succeed.
LEADERSHIP STEP: What motivates you to lead or become a leader? Take out a sheet of paper or go to your journal and write out what you expect to receive as leader and what you hope to give as leader. Be honest and transparent! Then examine the list to look for patterns or hidden motivators. Is the receive list longer than the give list? What does this list tell you about your motivation for leadership? What can you do to improve the balance on your list?