"If you bite and devour each other,
watch out or you will be destroyed
by each other" - Galatians 5:15.
Paul warned his readers in this verse that once you start down a road of backbiting, gossip and sarcasm, it is difficult to contain. All those behaviors only lead to more and more of the same, which eventually tears down the people closest to you, with whom you work, minister or live. Leaders must be especially careful not to set the tone and example for negative talk, abusive humor and sarcastic remarks, but must be honest when there is a problem, confrontational when there are harmful attitudes and behaviors, and encouraging all day, every day.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to set the course for the conversations you are in today. Try this and see how people respond. When you sit down with another person on your team or in your family (it can also be a group), seize control of the conversations by saying something positive about your organization or the people who are in it. Watch and see how people follow your lead and build on what you said. The key is to be proactive and start positive gossip and rumors!