Faith Based Leadership: Key Team Dynamic Insight from the story of Adam & Eve and the Garden of Eden.
As we look at the historical example of Adam and Eve at the Garden of Eden, we see a key team dynamic truth that is missed by many people. It is exemplified by the movie Fireproof which stated that “You never leave your partner in the midst of a fire”. So how does this relate to the story of the Garden of Eden and the first temptation. Let me point out the one aspect that is so often missed by people.
To begin, let me simply state the first point that when the enemy tempted Eve, “Most often…..Eve gets a bad rap” and most people blame her for the failure to the enemy. However, there is a key truth that most people reading the story completely miss. It is very interesting that the story points out that after Eve bit the apple………she did not go looking for Adam……and it also does not say that Eve called after him……what the story says is that Eve “TURNED TO HIM AND OFFERED HIM THE APPLE!” The truth is that:
Adam was standing there, passive, the entire time.
Adam did nothing the entire time. While Eve had some responsibility, more of the fault for the original failure was on Adam. He did not step in for his wife! Understand that in our very divided society, this will be misinterpreted in many ways from “Woman doesn’t need any help” to the other side of the spectrum where “Adam should have Controlled Eve”. Both of these reactions (from opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum) are both false and miss the point! You see there are times when even the strong can be weak and beat down and we need our team to step up for us. During the entire temptation, Adam was passive and observed everything right up until Even gave in. Then when she turned to him he surrendered. So what should have Adam done……..what should a teammate have done?
When Adam saw his wife (or teammate) threatened he should have stepped up and not been passive. If it was me, I would have lovingly placed my hand on her side and stepped in between her and the enemy. I then would have looked the enemy in the eye and said “leave her alone……by the way, you have already been defeated so get lost”. What Adam did does not get you there and I place more responsibility for the original failure on Adam, not Eve. We all have times when we are beat down and need help.
In any team, there is a time when the team needs to employ synergy and step up for each other. Sitting there while one member is defeated does not facilitate success. Whether personal or professional relationships, may we always step up for each other and the team.
Lastly, as a leader, we need to lead that…..AND MODEL THAT….for our team whether it is a relationship or a professional team.
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– Randy Swaim, Coaching for Relevance, LLC