Are your plans based on the urgent or the important?
By Barry Werner
The wise leader will learn from everything in their environment. Read Proverbs 6:6-8.
Every leader has the potential to learn principals of leadership by simply studying the organization and activity of an ant colony.
Nature abounds with illustrations of animals and insects that store up provisions during times of abundance in preparation for times of scarcity. God gave them instincts to look ahead and prepare. In today’s verses the ants do what needs to be done when it needs to be done to make provision for the future.
Too often leaders give activity to the urgent rather than the important and look only at the short-term picture. Even though sometimes necessary, if all of life’s direction is left to spontaneity, the consequences will be disastrous for both your team and your organization.
To be a truly effective leader, leaders need to discipline themselves to give a portion of their time to seeking God’s will in the form of a longer range plan.
For Biblical examples of outstanding long range planers read the story of Joseph who gave Pharaoh advice to store up during times of plenty for the cycle of shortage and look at the life of the Apostle Paul as he made plans to go to Rome and to Spain to spread the Gospel message.
Have you gotten caught up in putting out the fires caused by the urgent and ignored the long range planning that directs a portion of your activity toward what is truly important?
Have the short term crises caused you to ignore what long term plans you do have in place? In the vast majority of the cases, leaders ultimately succeed based on achievement of their goals and objectives spelled out in their long range plans.