"You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy" - Hebrews 1:9.
This verse describes the key element of Jesus' leadership effectiveness, and that element was and is joy. The writer of Hebrews later tells us the joy set before Him caused Jesus to do what He did. He was not forced or compelled to do the Father's will, He willingly chose to do it because of His love for the Father. There are important leadership lessons here, for leaders must help create a culture where people can find and function in the role with duties that give them joy. If they cannot find something, then either something is created for them or they are assisted in finding someplace else with grace and all the help they need.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Is joy a competitive advantage in your organization? Your Step today is to examine how joyful people are around you. Spend some time with your key staff and ask them whether or not they are happy. Find out what part of their job gives them the kind of joy that releases creativity, energy and enthusiasm. Then strategize how they can do those things more often. If they are not happy, then you will need to have a different conversation.