"This is the city of revelry that lived in safety.
She said to herself,
'I am the one! And there is none besides me.'
What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts!
All who pass by her scoff
and shake their fists" - Zephaniah 2:15.
The interesting thing about this verse is that the prophet was not talking in this verse about Judah or Israel, but rather about Assyria. The entire chapter is God's indictment against nations that were not serving Him and not part of the Jewish covenant community. Yet God was holding them all accountable for their irresponsibility, selfishness, pride and arrogance. The lesson should be clear for all leaders: God is watching what is done and He expects everyone to behave in a manner that is consistent with His ethics and moral code. When that doesn't happen, the good times eventually end and what was once so promising becomes a shell of its potential due to greed or self-centeredness.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to make sure that same things motivating Assyria above are not motivating you and your team. Bring in an outsider and ask them to sit, watch and listen to your operations for a week. Have them sit in on leadership and staff meetings, read your promotional materials and observe customer service. Then have them produce a report on what they saw. Then don't ignore their report if they find pride or selfishness in your work.