Posted: August 10, 2020 in: Faith, Leadership Empowerment, Pain-2-Power

Where Faith and Leadership Intersect

Leadership is often defined in terms of vision, accountability, the ability to delegate and the ability to accept feedback.  I see faith as another critical element of leadership.

By faith, I certainly don’t mean wishful thinking.  I mean the certain knowledge that the inevitable hurdles on the way to success won’t be roadblocks.  So long as a leader believes that he or she is connected to the deepest reservoir of persistence, confidence, courage and creativity—namely, God or (if you wish) the Universe—then a second wind and third win and so on and so on will be possible.

Faith informs persistence, but it also powers creativity and ingenuity.  Because believing at the deepest level imaginable that a problem can be solved increases exponentially the chances that it will be solved.

Faith helps obliterate arrogance and fuels the willingness to collaborate and to listen because leaders with faith know that help from God or the Universe might come from anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Faith also helps defeat anxiety and impatience because it creates the expectation of a long-enough runway to bring an idea to fruition.

Faith also purifies intention, helping leaders focus on the best and most worthy ideas, because those who believe in a power far greater than themselves want to put their ideas in line with that power.

It is very difficult to compete with a leader who has real faith because that leader is relatively undeterred by detours and difficulties, taking them in stride, without breaking stride.

If you wonder how to develop stronger faith, consider this:  You have a purpose on this planet.  Your opportunities are not random.  Every person or project you put time and effort can actually be seen as a journey to the best possible outcome—maybe a very unexpected one, but a very important one.

So, if you are a leader, don’t think your role is random.  Have faith that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, at exactly the moment you are supposed to be there.  Then, resolve to make the most of that moment.

Dr. Keith Ablow


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