Leadership is so often an interesting, lonely and challenging journey.
Just like when it comes to assessing restaurants, movies, ice cream flavors, coffee combinations and more – everyone has an opinion. Sometimes we like things and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we’ll choose this and the next time, we’ll choose that.
When you’re in leadership, the people around you will have an opinion about the choices and decisions that are made.
For some it will never be enough; for others it will always be too much.
So, what do you do when people are split? When there’s disagreement?
What’s a leader to do?
Seek out wisdom. Listen to the counsel of good people. Stay Humble! Read. Pray. Ask God for guidance. Dream. Assess. Then make a decision and follow through.
*Listen: You’ll never nail every decision. Sometimes you’ll miss – sometimes you’ll get it right. You can recorrect if needed, but have the courage to stay the course if needed.
What’s a leader to do? Lead anyway.
Andy Stanley has said that so much of life comes down to understanding: “there are problems to solve and tensions to manage.” Sometimes leaders solve problems and they can be solved. Then you move on from them. But so much of leadership finds itself wading out into the tensions of life. The tensions are often where large groups of people have differing opinions and thoughts and they will let you know them. You can’t solve a tension – you must manage it. Manage it the best you know how. How?
You lead through it.
Even within the tensions, lead anyway.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.”
― John Lydgate
What is a leader to do?