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Chapter 3: Change
Leadership is complex, problematic, and filled with risk, which is why good leaders are needed. Complexity is amplified in situations that involve major change. A primary change management skill is the ability to anticipate the unintended consequences of change. Israel’s request for a king triggers one of the most complex change journeys in the Bible. The Israelites did not merely reject Samuel’s sons as their leaders; they asked for a totally new leadership structure. The transition from theocracy to monarchy expanded the power base available to leaders and is the most commonly overlooked unintended consequence of this complex change.
“You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
~ 1 Samuel 8:5