Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’(Exodus 3:16-18 ESV)
See, this was no longer a small band of 70 people but rather an enormous entity that needed to be led gently and lovingly. God’s gave very specific instructions to Moses that we can apply to bringing about change in our own organizations.
1. “Go and gather the elders of Israel together…”
- Don’t try to sell the vision to the masses, it will only overwhelm them. Talk with the elders, show them you’re the real deal and they will do selling. As “the new guy,” you only have “positional” influence. In order for a vision to take off, you need “relational” influence. There are two ways to attain that: earn it over time with loving investment (the best way) or borrow it from someone who the people trust. Moses needed results fast so he had to borrow his influence from the elders.
2. “Say to them…”
- Know the history of the people, what makes them tick, and how the vision is going to make their situation better. God had Moses speak on the promises of the past, difficulties of present, and the future plans He had for them. This approach to vision casting tells people you care about who they are, what their facing, and about their future.
3. “…you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt”
- As a leader, you better be willing to show you’re dedicated to the vision by putting your neck out there. Moses ended up having Aaron sell the vision to the elders and then they went to the King to make their plea. To think there wasn’t some risk on Moses part is foolish. But the people had to know that Moses was willing to follow this thing through to the end, even if it killed him. So Moses took a witness with him, Aaron. Moses was willing to live the vision out with his life.
As a leader, it is essential that you have the ability to bring about change in a way that builds people up for long-term success. God’s word is a great tool to teach us how to do that. In the next post, I will analyze some of the resistance that comes to implementing change.
What are some ways you bring about changes? How do you take ideas from inception to implementation?