A seminary professor of mine regularly warned us about the “barrenness of busyness.” Now that 2008 is nearly wrapped up, I’m wondering how much of the bad news was related to the busyness of leaders.
Good leaders always seem to have one eye on the vision and another eye below the waterline. They pay attention to small dings, nicks and holes that could grow large enough to one day sink the ship. This doesn’t mean they are micromanaging – they’re not. They are aware.
Think about the headlines you read in 2008. Think about all the different issues leaders are supposed to be aware of, concerned about, dealing with, informed of, executing plans toward, hiring or firing the right people to rectify, etc. Darfur, alternative energy, US politics, mortgage-backed securities, “happy holidays” vs “Merry Christmas,” Orlando school busing schedules, church polity, Tony Romo’s playoff record, neighborhood homeowners paint color palette, Caylee Anthony, Obama cabinet members backgrounds….
Can anyone really be expected, as a leader, to have fully informed convictions on each of these AND take good care of the handful of core issues that are most relevant to their job, family and personal life? I don’t think so.
The result? Shallowness, barrenness, posturing, blameshifting, and loss of opportunity for real progress in a few, very important areas.
May 2009 bring us more focus, less barrenness, and increasing fruitfulness.