This past month, I have interviewed more than 30 senior leaders: pastors, CEO’s, Owners and Nonprofit leader. Everyone is looking for answers but as the song goes: in all the wrong places. There are so many conflicting messages from the media and government that it’s easy to become confused and disoriented.
So where can we get reliable actionable information? Again, and again, leaders say they get their information from trusted leaders: friends, mentors and even competitors. Leaders need information without spin, be able to decern fact from fiction and even its current relevance.
One leader shared with me that it did not matter if the trusted source was a competitor. In the end, if they were a competent industrial leader coupled with a principled reputation than you can always rely on their advice and input. So, as it turns out “trust” becomes critical in our decision making not only in times of calm but especially during a crisis.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
We are all at a shared inflection point and discernment of what to do next will make all the difference in a marginal or pivotal resurgence as we transition from crises to our new norm. Those who are able to reach out and connect with increasing numbers of trusted sources will in fact be in a better position to discern the openness and/or the receptivity of change among those around them.
Clarity is priceless. Scripture tells us to openly approach God for wisdom and that he not only gives it but will do so without reproach. Translation, you, yourself don’t actually need to be trustworthy to access God’s wisdom. He loves us despite our shortcomings. Couple that with trusted friends, then we should all be able to make decisions with a bit more clarity in the days ahead.