I am a minister and I have experienced my fair share of disloyalty. Is there something I can do to completely eliminate disloyalty from my organization?
No matter what you do, some people will become disloyal in the process of time – so pray that it will not be you! Work on yourself so that you do not fall prey to the deceptions that lead to disloyalty.
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
John 6:70, 71
Jesus asked a very important question, “Have I not chosen you?” Jesus chose Judas Himself. He had selected him from among many others. Before Jesus took His final decision as to who should be His apostles, He went up to a mountain and prayed all night. Many of us do not take such care when making important decisions.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and CONTINUED ALL NIGHT IN PRAYER to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples; and OF THEM HE CHOSE TWELVE, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, AND JUDAS ISCARIOT, WHICH WAS ALSO THE TRAITOR.
Take notice to how much care Jesus took when He chose the apostles. Did you know that the apostles were chosen out of a larger group of disciples? What else could He do to prevent betrayal and disloyalty? What could go wrong when a leader as wise and as anointed as Jesus takes a decision? What could go wrong when a leader spends so much time in prayer? And yet, something went very wrong! Three and a half years later Jesus was betrayed by one of these apostles. If this happened to Jesus, it can happen to you! You are not greater than your master!
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
No matter your leadership abilities or strategies, some disloyalty is virtually inevitable. One out of the twelve disciples was a traitor. However, it can be minimized greatly. A good leader should be conscious of this principle. When you know that someone from within may one day fight you, you will be more careful about how you conduct your affairs. It is a very sobering thought to think that a familiar friend you eat with could one day turn against you. Such people may take things you said out of context to misrepresent you.They may re-describe events to give a wrong impression.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
When you are conscious of the fact that potential traitors are in your midst today, you conduct your affairs with even greater circumspection! When you are aware that there is bound to be a traitor, you make extra precautions to ensure that you do not become that traitor! Read one of the best books on loyalty by Dag Heward Mills, Loyalty and disloyalty.