Wisdom. Do you need some as you live and lead this week? Wisdom is a critical need in uncertain times. It’s a prerequisite and distinctive of leading differently. Wisdom is also something we can seek and find. The following is five keys to help you lead with wisdom.
Ask for it – James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” This may seem basic, but much of life and leadership is about doing the basics well.
Get good information – Information is powerful. In crisis times, there is sometimes too much, not enough, rapidly changing or even misinformation. A leader needs to seek and find as much reliable information as possible in order to guide good decisions. Beware of being paralyzed from seeking too much information but try not to make important decisions without it.
Give your head the space it needs – Media and social media can be constant, addictive and overwhelming in the midst of uncertainty. To Lead Different, you need a clear head. Give your head the space it needs. If you are an internal processor, get some quiet space to think. Take a walk around the block to process. If you are an external processor, find some wise colleagues with whom you can process out loud.
Invite input – Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Whom do you need to gather around you for additional input? There may be people with valuable input who just need to be invited to give their insights. Sometimes outside eyes and ears can help you think and see some things you can’t and won’t see about priorities, communications and practicalities.
Discern focus words – Imagine this situation or season is over. As you look back on this challenging time, what are the words or phrases that you would like to be able to say about how you or your team handled it? Take time to identify these words and phrases. Then use them as filter and focus words for your decisions and actions. For instance, if “bless/serve” is one of your ideal focus words, how can you “bless/serve” in this moment or decision?
Cheering you on to Lead Different in these uncertain times,
Dr. Steve Brown
President, Arrow Leadership
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