Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader’s success… He or she can accomplish nothing unless they communicate effectively. (Norman Allen)
Most Christians would agree that Jesus was a phenomenal leader. He could identify with the audience He was speaking to and break the message down in a way that every listener could learn from, if they applied it. But imagine if He had been a poor communicator. How would He have connected with His audience and gotten His Message across?
Success in your career, marriage, relationship, friendship, leadership, etc. greatly depends on your ability to properly communicate the message you are trying to relay. Many brilliant people, great thinkers, and hard workers never advance beyond a certain level because of their inability to communicate effectively, no matter how important their message is. It is important that every great, aspiring leader knows the effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others.
The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others.
You may ask, “How can I become a great communicator?” And I would gladly respond, “By examining the model Jesus provided for us in Matthew 13.”
Parable of the Wheat and Weeds
Here is another story Jesus told:
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
The farmer’s workers went to him and said, “Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?”
“An enemy has done this!” the farmer exclaimed.
“Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked.
“No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.” (Matthew 13:24-30)
The first thing I want you take notice of in this text is how Jesus simplified the message for His audience. He broke it down for them in the form of a story (parable). He understood that His delivery of the Message was just as important as the content.
Paint a Picture
The second thing we should highlight is that Jesus painted a vivid picture for the listener. He understood the importance of making the people see what He was saying. If Jesus was in the midst of farmers, He talked farming. If He was surrounded by fishermen, He talked fishing. He relayed the Message in a way that the listener could identify and relate to as well as apply what He was saying to their own lives.
Thirdly, Jesus had perfect timing. He knew exactly what to say and when to say it. Timing truly is everything and a great leader understands when to seize the moment.
Take a moment today to examine how effectively you lead through communication. Write down both your strengths and weaknesses. Finally, focus on how to improve through the principles of leadership shown to us through the life of Jesus Christ!