3 Keys to Leadership Execution

Execution continues to be one of the top concerns facing executives today.

Over the past few months, many of my executive level clients have asked how they can better executive from the top of organizational chain. So it seems good (Luke 1:3, Acts 15:25 & 28) that I share this brief overview of effective leadership execution.

And there is no better example of executive execution excellence than Nehemiah.

Jerusalem Wall

Nehemiah’s 3 Keys to Execution

Here are the three keys to Nehemiah’s great executive execution.

1. Nehemiah GUIDED the execution.

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:17-18

Nehemiah could not complete the overwhelming task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem by the mere force of his personality or skills. Instead, he guided the execution of a good plan (Nehemiah 3:1-32) with a real sense of urgency for completion.

2. Nehemiah INSPECTED the execution.

“I went out by night …and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire. Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall.” Nehemiah 2:14,15a

Before and during the rebuilding of the walls, Nehemiah personally inspected the work. His on-site leadership presence reassured his team that he was connected, informed, and in touch with the actual work progress and roadblocks.

His personal inspection set the tone for the third key of leadership execution.

3. Nehemiah REDIRECTED the execution.

“When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall.” Nehemiah 4:15-17a

Nehemiah effectively redirected specific aspects of the team’s work without hampering the overall objectives or work flow. He did not take back power or responsibility. Without his redirection, the project would most certainly have failed.

ROI on Great Execution

Through Nehemiah’s leadership execution, the walls of the city were rebuild in only 52 days – a remarkable number even if he had had access to today’s massive construction equipment.

What did his opposition (competition) think?

“When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” Nehemiah 6:16

Nehemiah is a great example of the role of a transformational leader in execution.

Nehemiah practiced the 3 keys to great leadership execution: to Guide, Inspect and Redirect.

You can execute as well as Nehemiah. Just follow these simple principles and …. rebuild your walls in record time!

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.

2 Comments

  • Eric Snyder says:

    Guidance, inspection and redirection all require diligence and consistency. When I am diligent and consistent, the “walls” get built. But, in the short haul, it’s easier to be lethargic and irregular; the walls deteriorate. Lord help me to have the proper perspective!

  • Dr. Jim says:

    So true Eric. Thanks for sharing.

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