Leadership and Decision Making: Lessons From an Ancient Text

There’s one thing that separates the leaders from the followers. Leaders make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly. This enables them to commit to a course of action and see it through to the end.

Want to know how they do it?

In this blog post I’m going to share two concepts that leaders use to make their decisions. And although it may seem strange, it was Jesus of Nazareth who showed me them to me.

1. Leaders evaluate what’s involved before they make their decisions:

Jesus sad, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” Luke 14:28,29

The time to worry is before you start, not after. Make sure you count the cost and consider what is involved in the decision. You can always decide NOT to do something if it doesn’t look viable. But the time to NOT move forward is before you begin, not after.

2. Once leaders commit to a course of action, they stay the course:

“Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’ Luke 9:61,62

There are no conditions to a decision. If  you’re on a  diet, you don’t say, “Yes, I will lose twenty pounds, but first let me have one last piece of cheesecake.” Once you decide, commit. There is no looking back.

You often hear successful people talk about how they stayed the course when everyone else thought they were crazy. Are they geniuses? Maybe, but maybe they were just committed to their plan.

When you have a decision to make, think like the roulette gambler who said, “Do your worrying before you place your bet, not after the wheel starts turning.” I think that statement summarizes these two points nicely. Think it over first, but once you put your chips on the table, let the ball drop where it may.

About The Author

Shane Purnell

Shane Purnell is an IT Professional, Podcast Host and Speaker. He's spent the last 17 years studying how to help others connect their message to the world through New Media. Find out more at ShanePurnell.com/About

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