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Key Thought:

The key to becoming a great leader is simply being helpful and encouraging

Key Quote

​“Encourage your leaders!” Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What makes your favorite leader worth following?
  • Have you ever gone the wrong way and not noticed until awhile later?
  • Name some successful people you admire. What about them earns your admiration?
  • What simple character traits make someone valuable in their jobs?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How can doing things you don’t want to do help you lead others to do things they don’t want to do?
  • What qualities do you think are most important in a leader? Why do those things appeal to you?
  • Why does being helpful seem like such a rare quality in today’s world?
  • Pastor Bil mentioned tithing your 20s to God. What are your thoughts about tithing a season of your life to God and how that could shape your life later on?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • How can you add value to the lives of people around you (your spouse, your co-workers, supervisor, customers/clients, etc.?)
  • Is something stopping you from always being helpful? Where do you need discipline to trend up rather than let those offenses hold you back?
  • Have you ever tithed something to God (time, money, etc..) and noticed His blessing?
  • If everybody in the world started following you and did exactly what you’re doing, would it be trending upward or downward? Why?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us the life of Joseph to learn from. We too want to become great leaders in our own areas of influence and be helpful to the people around us. Help us see opportunities to add value to those you’ve placed in our lives and to demonstrate excellence in all that we do. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

Think about the long-term of your life. Commit to demonstrating excellence by tithing the next ten years to what and who God is calling you to be.

Great leaders celebrate others. Begin to celebrate the wins your family achieve, your coworkers, your leaders every chance you get from now on.

Make a list of things in your job or home where you can exhibit excellence, then commit to adding value to those areas, one at a time.

Find one area in your life this week (if there is one) that is not demonstrating excellence and figure out a way to turn it around, then ask the group to hold you accountable.


When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Genesis 39:1-2 NLT

Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing except what kind of food to eat! Genesis 39:3-6 NLT

So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed… Genesis 39:23 NLT

Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison…Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.” “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” Genesis 41:14-16 NLT

Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Proverb 22:29 AMP

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