DCL 3.1 Instruction | The Inexperience Myth

Have you ever said to yourself, “If I were in charge, things sure would be different around here?” There is nothing wrong in having a strong desire to improve your organisation. However, without experience in being the top person of an organisation, you will almost certainly overestimate the amount of control you will have at the top. The higher you go, the more you realize that many factors control the organisation. Your position does not give you total control.


Video Presentation: Tom Atema, VP of International Ministries and Strategic Partnerships, EQUIP


Biblical Case Study: King Saul (1 Samuel 13:5-15, 18:5-16)

The Law of the Lid in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership states: “Leadership ability determines a per­son’s level of effectiveness.” God removed all the external lids from Saul’s life when the son of Kish became Israel’s king. Even without any external lids to his leadership, Saul still labored with several internal lids:

1.  Saul was full of fear.

2.  Saul was often impatient and impulsive.

3.  Saul was often enraged with jealously.

4.  Saul had a major problem with anger.

5.  Saul deceived himself and others.

6.  Saul refused to face reality.

Because Saul never removed the lids from his life, his influence in his kingdom was very limited. As a result, God had to remove him from the throne of Israel.

To think that life “at the top” is easier is a serious mistake. Being at the top has its own set of problems and challenges. In leadership – no matter where you are in an organisation – the bottom line is influence.



  • What lids are currently on your leadership?
  • What steps can you take to lift these lids? Do you have lid-lifters in your life?



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