Friday, April 16, 2010

How a leader should handle inevitable challenges

These nine steps are taken from "Transformed Lives", author, Chris Adams who suggest biblical response to conflict. These steps also help a leader know how to react to external challenges.

1. Do Nothing. Take a break from the people and situation. Distance from the challenge to give a fresh perspective.
2. Exhibit self-control. Respond slowly and do not over-react. Impulsive responses often lead to regret.
3. Stop, think --and pray. As you pause and reflect, be sure to pray. Ask for God's guidance.
4. Ask yourself, is the issue worth pressing? The challenge may be insignificant. If so, forget it and move on. If not, continue the process of resolution.
5. Evaluate your own attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses. Try to determine your role in the challenges. Ask God to identify your successes and failures.
6. Follow scriptural guidelines. God's Word gives directions for facing any conflict and all challenges. (See Matthew 18:15-16, Romans 12:17-21, & James 1:19-20).
7. Ask questions for clarification. Gather accurate information and handle any miscommunication. (Don't assume anything!)
8. Discover those things on which you do agree. In other words, try to focus on the positive. Find points of agreement and mutual benefit.
9. Take some time apart. Wait on the Lord to work in your own life, the lives of others, and the situation.

These are excellent and helpful in every area of our lives, in the workplace, home, and ministry. We all have and will face challenges with difficult people, in tough circumstances. Remember that the Lord has the solution to every leadership challenge we may face.

Hugs & Blessings,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post! I think I will print this out as a daily reminder!
    I hope you have a wonderful day!


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