Read Exodus 18
Focus v. 24
Over the years I have given and received all kinds of advice. Some of it was good advice much of it was not so good advice. There is only one way to determine whether advice is good or not…one has to listen to it. It is relatively harmless to listen to bad advice, as long as one recognizes it for what it is. On the other hand, it can be life changing to have someone share good advice that one then chooses to follow.
Moses was one of the greatest leaders in the Old Testament, yet Moses listened to his father-in-law. A good leader is one who is willing to learn from those around him or her who have good ideas.
“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.” (v. 24)
Jethro saw a systemic problem in the way Moses was taking care of judging the people and he suggested to Moses that he share the responsibility by delegating qualified men to help him in the task.
It was a win for Moses because he did not have to wear himself out with every dispute that occurred among a million people, and it was a win for the people as they had their issues settled much more quickly and efficiently. It was also a win for the men he chose to delegate the responsibility to as it gave them a chance to use the leadership gifts they had been given.