Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
– Abraham Lincoln
If this past year has shown us anything, it has shown us that across the board we are struggling to navigate a fluid and changing world environment. There have always been significant events that have impacted the world throughout history, and those situations and circumstances have highlighted success and failure for individuals, communities, and organizations. Especially when sprinkled with a hefty dose of hindsight.
As a result of all we see happening in our day and age, I would like to dive into a closer examination of leadership. Each of us has influence and exercise a degree of leadership in our own lives even if we view it as minimal—we are setting the example for others, even if it is only for those who come behind us. Now, I do not propose to second guess decisions or even criticize the choices of individuals, communities, organizations, or nations. We can only be responsible for our own choices in every situation. However, I do think all people must look at the perspectives we choose to have as we lead and influence others around us.
We have reached a crisis point with the perspectives we choose no matter who we are or the influence we exercise. No longer can we afford to be oblivious or relaxed in our approach. We must be intentional in choosing how we live and how we influence and lead others.
Over the next season, I plan to post articles twice a month where we can explore some principles of leadership that I think will help expand and challenge the perspectives we may currently have about leadership. These observations are drawn from my own experiences, practical and academic research, and my own expressions of faith. I hope that it will be profitable for all who chose to thoughtfully examine and read the material I will be posting.