Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel in order to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in a plethora of books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life. That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles in order to build a successful business.
Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business
Proverbs 15:22 states, “Where there are many advisors, there is much success.” The wisdom of others can be powerful. Every great leader in the Bible had at least one advisor. However, many business leaders try to do things all on their own. In fact, it is often said that it is lonely at the top. It is only lonely at the top if you are doing it wrong. Christian leaders believe in the power of others.
The Power of the Other
1. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are enabled to make better decisions.
Every leader needs to have other question their decisions. Leaders make a multitude of decisions, and many leaders end up making many bad decisions. A fundamental truth is that when leaders make better decisions, their companies get better. If one person is making all the decisions, then the organization will be hindered by the limits of one’s thinking.
Experience Question: Whom do you have in your life that helps you make good decisions?
2. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are equipped to avoid mistakes.
The wisdom of others can save a leader years of heartache and pain. A group of people has a group of experiences and mistakes to learn from. When we learn from others, we don’t have to repeat the same mistake. Eleanor Roosevelt once quipped that we should “learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” There is an old proverb that states, “By others faults the wise correct their own.” Indeed, the best leaders learn from the mistakes of others.
Experience Question: Whose failures and mistakes are you learning from so that you do not have to repeat those same mistakes?
3. When Leaders listen to the counsel of others, they are empowered to think bigger and differently.
Other people can inspire the leader to see and think differently. Dr. Henry Cloud has written a tremendous book entitled “The Power of the Other.” In the book, he states, “Part of what it takes to keep your head on straight and your soul in shape is the power of the other. It’s about connection.” Proverbs 24:6 states “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and abundance of counselors there is .” Success expert Jim Rohn often taught that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Others are critical to the success and the victory of the leaders.
Experience Question: Whom do you have in your life that is challenging your thinking or who brings you new ideas?
Businesses fail when they are based on only one person or one idea. A multitude of people with a variety of ideas will bring success. This is a good business principle, and it is a good biblical principle. Remember, “where there a multitude of counselors there is much success.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ken Gosnell is the “go” leader. He serves leaders by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations that enable to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/
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