I take initiative. I am that kind of person. I believe that sometimes you just have to start moving. As you go, you see more clearly where you are going. Anticipating and preparing for contingencies is wasteful because most of them will prove to be irrelevant.
On the other hand, as a believer in God and one who professes dependency on him, I believe I should make every effort to proceed according to his plan. Sometimes God requires me to wait. This demonstrates trust in him and builds character.
The challenge is determining when to just do it and when to wait on the Lord.
Taking initiative can be effective, responsible, and God-honoring. Ready, fire, aim can be the most expedient way to get things done and can honor God because of the need to trust him in the process. Slowing down and waiting for the Lord to clearly guide before moving forward can also be effective and appropriate.
The solution is to pray without ceasing. Continually asking the Lord, “What do you want me to do next?” is the proper way live. Sometimes the answer will be, “Move forward and trust me.” Sometimes it will be, “Wait and trust me.”
In 1982, after I returned from my stint teaching English in Libya where I had a couple personal encounters with Qaddafi, I publicly declared that his days were numbered. I thought that any leader as feared and hated as he was would not last. I was correct that his days were numbered! However, I was thinking at most three years, not 30.
What was it that enabled him to remain in power for so long and does he disprove servant leadership theories? I don’t have time to fully delve into this here, but, in brief, his barbaric intimidation leadership style does not disprove servant leadership theories, rather it demonstrates them by antithesis. Leadership authors will certainly spend many words commenting on his leadership methods, few if any will be complementary. Few or none will admire Qaddafi for his ability to remain in leadership for four decades. Instead they will join the people who suffered under his cruel reign and criticize him.
Conclusion, if bullying is bad, servant leadership is good.
Last evening my daughter, Laura, and I went to see the documentary film 58:. 58: is a Christ-centered global initiative to end extreme poverty. The name comes from Isaiah 58 where God desires that his people carry out a True Fast, one that cares for the poor and oppressed.
I am impressed by this group’s mission and message. Their vision is clear, compelling, and, according to them, inevitable. 58: is a group of organizations who are cooperating together to speed the fulfillment of their common goal: end extreme poverty. Their partnership builds confidence that their vision can and will be achieved.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of something this worthy and exciting? I wish all our vision statements would be this powerful.
I help social entrepreneurs organize and implement vision.
Help: coaching, consulting, teaching, and training in leadership, management, and culture.
Social: working for the greater community. Helping those who need a hand. I am particularly interested in helping leaders who are working to bring the gospel to the least-reached, the most poor, those with the least opportunities, that is, the hard places.
Entrepreneurs: people who are taking initiative to make a difference. People with vision and who are implementing. Social entrepreneurs are people who see opportunities to solve problems and are willing to think outside the box, take risks and gather resources to change the world.
Organize: I have over three decades of executive level organizational leadership, most of that time as a founder and CEO. I help leaders think more clearly about their organizations, achieve efficiencies, and increase effectiveness.
Implement: I have noticed that there are many good ideas, but implementation tends to be low. I want to help leaders choose the strategic battles and win.
Vision: Social entrepreneurs are people who are seeking to change the world. Let’s do it.
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