“Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care
Not a blast of hurry, touch the spirit there”
“Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed
Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest”
This edition will focus on a contact sport called leadership. Specifically, how do each of us as leaders — fathers, mothers, business leaders, military commanders, church pastors, et al — navigate the many complexities and adversities of leadership, as well as helping those we lead demonstrate resilience. This can be termed Resilient Leadership — “selfless service over time from a platform of character and competence.” (from Resilient Leaders) This week’s feature article addresses the “over time” part of this definition — how do we and those we lead stay the course? … how do we not grow weary in leadership? … how do we stay and finish strong?
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My prayer for each of us continues to be that we might learn and model Christ-like resilience as we navigate the storms of life and help others do the same. May each of us lead well — like Jesus!
Have a blessed week as you “bounce” along, hiding in the hollow of God’s blessed hand.
Respectfully in Christ,
“Not by power nor by might, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord”
Resilient Enough to Get Back in the Saddle
It was clear that he had dipped very deeply into his well of courage. He was not sure if he could go on, yet he did. Through rest, reflection, the restorative power of personal faith, and an amazingly supportive family, he did get back in the saddle. He was uniquely equipped to provide life-giving leadership to a team which needed him. Because of his own resilience, he was now able to impart hope, courage, optimism, competence, and character to those he would lead through another round of noble accomplishments and numbing losses.
I venture to say that in your own marketplace of leadership (in the public or private sector, on the world stage or in the nursery, as a uniformed servant facing death daily or as one facing the daily monotony of shop life, in the complexities of a corporation or the high risk of small business ownership, or name your specific marketplace…), you can identify with most of these questions and challenges. I offer that you too sometimes wonder if you can get back in the saddle. I strongly suspect that resilience is a highly sought after quality for you as a leader, as it is for me and so many others.
This week’s question comes from the “During the Storm” section of the Resilience Training Game. Leaders must frequently navigate crisis — this question highlights how crisis helps to galvanize us as leaders.
From the Mailbox
“My grandson is a Ranger who still prefers to be under the radar. Served in Afghanistan. A quiet servant leader.”
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