When it comes to assessing how we’re doing as we lead ourselves and others, one of the most important things to consider is how we respond to a crisis. When we’ve built a personal and organizational culture of safety and stability, unexpected circumstances can actually serve to make us stronger. I remember hearing an older gentleman say years ago that the reason he retired from the Navy after the war is because there wasn’t a whole lot to do in peacetime. So tightly and cohesively did the sailors work together in conflict that when there were no daily struggles, the pace grew to a crawl. Likewise, though not a physical war, some might say that the uncertain waters of the COVID-19 crisis created an uphill battle for individuals, families, and workplaces — one that forced them to sink or swim. While many found themselves scrambling to adapt and survive in the midst of chaos, others seem to have been built for such a moment. The simple difference was vision. Those grounded in their purpose felt free to continue carrying it out regardless of conditions or environment, but the ones who lacked ownership and empowerment floundered.
My friend, be the kind of leader who flourishes in a crisis and equips those around you to do the same. Have a vision for your life, your relationships, and your team that is so strong that it crystalizes when circumstances try to pull it down. No matter what comes your way, keep your eyes fixed on the Author and Perfecter of your faith, and impart His strength, stability, and sustaining love to everyone you influence. Even as the world stumbles on its path, keep your feet firmly planted in the Truth, and the Lord will use your peace to empower, encourage, and inspire other people.