"Woe to those who plan iniquity,
to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
because it is in their power to do it.
They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
they rob them of their inheritance" - Micah 2:1-2.
The prophet had one word of warning to those who use their leadership power to steal, defraud, and rob people of inheritances, who plan evil at night and carry it out the first chance they have. His one word of warning was (and is) 'woe!' God is watching the business and leadership practices of all people the world over and He shows great interest in their ethical practices. The lack of ethics that are clearly spelled out in God's word should be a major concern for all business people, for their 'woe' may be that what they do in secret God chooses to reveal for all the world to see. Leaders must take into account both how their decisions and business practices affect the poor, widowed and marginalized in society and the fact that God is watching what they do.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to read the entire book of Micah (seven chapters), specifically studying it to identify the ethics contained in that book. Look for what the Lord has to say about leadership, idolatry, business practices, justice, bribery, care for the poor, and wealth. See if you can identify any other categories and then work to construct a set of business and leadership ethics based on what you read in Micah. How can you apply those ethics in your work?