The Jeremiah Factor How Strong Leaders Embrace Truth-Tellers, and Thrive I Ep. 48



Telling the truth in a time of crisis

The prophet Jeremiah lived twenty-five hundred years ago in Israel. Situated on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean, at the crossroads of three continents, Israel’s sovereignty and freedom were threated by Egypt to the south and Babylon to the north. 

The nation had fallen from the peak of their glory during the reigns of David and Solomon. Their kings, priests, prophets, and people were all corrupt. Jeremiah came to the leaders of the nation as a truth-teller with a clear message that the decisions they were making and their refusals to listen to the warnings that he gave them about changing their ways would result in dire consequences for the nation. 

You have a profound challenge as the leader of a construction company

You must provide vision and direction for your company, and make the tough decisions. But it would help if you also had support, advice, and other people’s perspectives. The question is, where will that advice come from?

Just like the leaders of Israel needed prophets like Jeremiah, telling them the truth about their situation, so you need people telling you the truth about your company and your leadership.

In this week’s episode of Construction Genius…

…I discuss three questions:

  1. Who are your Jeremiah’s?
  2. What is the message of Jeremiah’s?
  3. Why are Jeremiah’s important?

Highlights Include:

  • A time of corruption and crisis
  • The duty and responsibility of leadership 
  • Why leaders need support from “Jeremiahs” 
  • Who are your Jeremiahs? 
  • What is the message of the Jeremiahs? 
  • Why are they important? 
  • Internal and external truth-tellers 
  • Jeremiahs understand your company’s culture and care about your company 
  • Jeremiahs are willing to tell the truth
  • They come with problems and solutions 
  • How to respond to Jeremiahs? 
      1. Listen to them 
      2. Don’t “kill the messenger” 
      3. Take their feedback and respond appropriately 
      4. Don’t fear what other people think