If you’re a leader, we need you to take time to think.
This week I’m in Helvoirt, the Netherlands, with about 60 leaders from a dozen nations across Western Europe. Last night John, the sponsor of this gathering, invited these busy folks to relax and enjoy taking three days away from the front lines. “Pull out of the whirlwind,” John exhorted as he flashed a slide of a menacing tornado up on the wall.
You no longer function in an industrial society. You live in a knowledge economy that is drowned in data daily. We need you to pull away – regularly – to make sense of it all.
Our busy, noisy world is full of reactive leaders. We need you to be a reflective leader. Godly spiritual and strategic leadership requires thoughtful reflection before execution. Please don’t be deceived into thinking otherwise.
I’ve told the teams I lead that I don’t want to see them looking busy all the time when we’re together. Yes, there are times we need to saddle up and work hard. But I also want to see the senior leaders I work with relaxed, pushed back from their desks, and mulling over an article on their iPad or capturing some ideas in a journal. I want to catch them in the act of thinking. Thinking is real work.
How do you cultivate the practice of reflective leadership?