“Perceiving Their Intent” – Alma 43:48

Captain Moroni was a successful military leader partly because of his emotional intelligence. He made it a point to observe the “intent” of the enemy and the “intent” of his own troops. For example:

As Moroni knew the intention of the Lamanites, that it was their intention to destroy their brethren, or to subject them and bring them into bondage that they might establish a kingdom unto themselves over all the land…therefore, he found by his spies which course the Lamanites were to take (Alma 43:29-30).

Because he understood the Lamanites goal, he knew it was important to watch their movements closely.

Subsequently, Moroni averted disaster by inspiring his men when they were about to give up:

And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.
And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage (Alma 43:48-49).

Moroni noticed the first signs of discouragement, so he was able to address the discouragement before it evolved into panic.

Finally, Moroni recognized when it was time to pause the battle and give the enemy a chance to surrender:

Therefore when [the Lamanites] saw the men of Lehi on the east of the river Sidon, and the armies of Moroni on the west of the river Sidon, that they were encircled about by the Nephites, they were struck with terror.
Now Moroni, when he saw their terror, commanded his men that they should stop shedding their blood (Alma 43:53-54).

Today, I will strive to be perceptive. I will pay attention to the emotional state of the people around me, so that I can address issues early and provide effective leadership.

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