Leading in Turbulent Times: 4 Essentials

If you are a leader, you will face turbulence in your ministry or organization. Sometimes the turbulence feels so intense that leading seems impossible. If you’re currently facing turbulent times in your role, consider what one of the most revered men in history did when he faced such times.

King David constantly faced turbulence as he led. When King Saul died, Israel faced a leadership future fraught with obstacles. I Chronicles 12 describes how many groups stepped up to help David make this transition. The Scriptures describe one particular group, called the men of Issachar, in this way.

  • (they) understood the times and knew what Israel should do — 200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command…. (v. 32)
  • All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. (v. 38)

This group modeled what every leader must embody during turbulent times.

  • they understood the times: they accurately perceived reality.
  • they knew what to do: they knew the steps they must take.
  • they were fully determined to make David king: their passion compelled them forward.

From the men of Issachar’s example, we can learn four essentials necessary for good leadership in turbulent times.

  1. Clearly define reality.
  2. Shape a vision in response to the difficulty.
  3. Develop a coherent, practical strategy.
  4. Implement your strategy with passion and courage.

What has helped you lead better during turbulent times?

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