"When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, 'Can this be Naomi?'" - Ruth 1:18-19.
On one hand, Naomi was ready to separate herself from what family she had and move back home. On the other hand, Ruth did not want to stay where they were by herself so she decided to collaborate with her mother-in-law and make the transition to a new place, which turned into a place of blessing for both women. The lesson is that these two women stuck together and it made the journey more tolerable for both of them. When Ruth met her husband-to-be, it was Naomi who recognized what was happening and gave the advice that helped Ruth understand and respond to the encounter. Leaders must avoid going it alone, for they need the encouragement, admonishment, and wisdom from others who are more experienced, seasoned, creative and insightful than they are. Leaders must also be open to major change in order to come into all God has for them and their organizations.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to recognize your need to collaborate with other people in your leadership journey. These people must be committed to you and the organization's vision and be as open to your input as you are to theirs. Who do you have in your world now with whom you can collaborate more effectively? Ask God to help you see the people with whom you're supposed to partner, and then work to build meaningful, productive relationships with them.