I've been spending time reconnecting with God through the book of Nehemiah lately...great lessons. How a leader begins matters. While I may not be able to go back and have a fresh re-start, each new project gives me an opportunity to start fresh. The following things stood out to me as Nehemiah began his work....
1. Act with the right timing—leadership is not always about immediate action. Nehemiah waited three days before he even began assessing the situation. What’s the right timing? God give me insight.
2. Work behind the scenes gathering information, don’t draw attention to yourself. Don’t create unnecessary questioning or fear. People fear change—riding around the city, surveying the walls, examining the gates in the daylight would have set off a firestorm of questions and possibly even fears. Those who were fearful or wanted things to stay the way they were would have seen the actions of Nehemiah and could have done much to create opposition and struggle against his plan before he even began.
3. Get above the situation—Nehemiah rode outside the city and looked down upon it from a different vantage point. There is more than one way to view a problem. Be sure you have looked at it from many different angles.
From the Leaders point of view
From the Staff Members
From a Spouses’ point of view
From the Volunteers'
From the Member/Attender/Guest’s point of view
From the person who doesn’t see it as a problem
4. Don’t disclose plans too early—often a leader is tempted to leak a bit of the plan early, to check responses or get initial feedback. Many people assume that even the initial plans are The Plan…and they operate with that assumption. If the final plan differs from the initial plan you shared it can create confusion and cost you credibility. You know this has happened when you hear someone say; “But I thought we were going to……”
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