“When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything Jesus was doing,
he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead.
Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.”
One of my greatest fears as I lead is that I will misjudge a situation and make a decision around my flawed or partial understanding, thus harming a person or our organization.
Many people in high positions feel so overloaded with responsibility or image management, they would rather make impulsive decisions than spend the effort getting the facts. To complicate it, people who surround them often bend stories for their own political advantage. The press doesn’t make it any better—how often have you known the press to be accurate and unbiased?
These leaders make major decisions, based on inaccurate or incomplete information that affect hundreds, thousands, and millions of people.
Max de Pree said, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.”
How can you and I make wise decisions if we don’t understand what’s really going on? Proverbs 18:13 says: He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
When in a crisis, quickly calm yourself. Then gather information—lots of it. Dig deep. Ask many people many questions. Make a list, check it twice, three times. Pray over the list. Weigh the risks. Then make decisions, trusting God to do the rest.
Proverbs 21:5 says: The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
When leaders make hasty decisions, they and their followers will experience loss.