Planning and Leadership has been the theme in our business of late. It’s planning season as we enter the final quarter for most clients’ businesses. And planning requires leadership. The leaders provide planning direction, guard rails to keep the team on the path and the cadence to set the pace.
I believe that your business benefits by strong faith in Leadership. Sound like a no-brainer? In whom do they place their Faith?
As I write, the fallout from the 2016 US Presidential Campaign is still settling all around. Gnashing of teeth in Biblical proportion. The common vocabulary used to describe the candidates of our side, their side, bigot, liar, crook, hater… saving you from even once more reading the endless list that gets far worse for either of the top two candidates.
The top two candidates for the most powerful and difficult job in the entire world. When placed under the microscope where all is revealed for public scrutiny, you’ve seen the words used to describe the candidates over the past year. And while we, “hrrrmphhh” with our thoughts into ‘these two were not our best,’ we should consider that the campaign included 1,787 people who were registered as Presidential Candidates with FEC Form 2 filings according to the US Federal Election Commission. Trump and Clinton together defeated one thousand seven hundred and eighty six people who for one reason or another could not stand up to the test for Leader of The Free World.
Your Business Will Benefit from Faith in Leadership
The simple point is that the higher the stakes or greater the scrutiny for a leader, the greater the need for Faith in the leader.
I’m intentionally allowing a dual meaning or double entendre for Faith as we go. The dual meaning of Faith emphasizes that your team needs to have faith in you as a leader of your business, while also pointing out that if there is only faith in the person of any leader, that Faith is built on a weak foundation of sand. We’re all likely in for disappointment.
Organizations benefit from Faith in Leadership: Faith that a leader is trustworthy, Faith that a leader cares about the people who follow, Faith that a leader will persevere and lead them to victory.
Faith in Leadership leads to a stronger team that results in a competitive advantage for both your business and the hearts of your employees.
3 Ways to Build Faith in Leadership
- Leaders should be trustworthy and rooted in their Faith. “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the Truth; your word is Truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:16-18. I find people trustworthy when I believe they are guided by submission to God and the tenants of the Faith over their personal desires. Conversely, it’s hard to trust someone whose primary motivation is self-service and flavor of the day. When a leader acts according to the “ways of the world,” we cannot help but question whether they are trustworthy.
- Leaders should have a servant’s heart and sincerely care for those they lead. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13. One of my clients shares this saying, “they’ll never care about you until they know how much you care.” It’s a good phrase as we are all hesitant to follow someone whom we don’t believe cares about us.
- Leaders should instill confidence that they will persevere. “For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it…” Proverbs 2:21. One of the greatest challenges we all face is to be bold in our Faith through adversity and temptation. Faith in our Eternal Father provides the courage to remain confident for those we lead. Our courage is contagious especially when the source has earned it. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…” Colossians 1:11
Bring the dual meaning, double entendre, of Faith more into focus by recognizing that your Faith in Jesus Christ should not be a duality with faith in things of the world. Don’t place faith in things of this world but in the eternity of Christ and lead with boldness that comes from God above. Be trustworthy in your heart by caring for those around you and leading them to a better place always and under any circumstance.
Pray on these three things and see if you don’t find more Faith in Leadership of your business.