The role of a leader is one that is filled with conflicts, challenges and dilemmas. The essence of a vision is choosing one direction against another. So, vision by its very nature discriminates and excludes. In the same way, the essence of a strategy is a choice of one route over another.
So, like vision, strategy is a choice between alternatives.
Going down one route discriminates against others. However, even in the process of pursuing a vision and staying with a strategy, there are challenges or dilemmas that arise, forcing a leader to make difficult choices.
In the life of Abraham we see the first example of that dilemma when there was a famine in the land. He had to make a choice as to what to do. He was in the land that God had promised him and his descendents, yet in that very land there was a famine; economic conditions that were so severe he felt that his family could not be sustained or stay alive if he remained in that area.
Because of the harsh economic conditions in the land, Abraham began to travel south, ultimately entering Egypt with his life Sarai. As they travelled, he struck a deal with his wife, saying if the Egyptians were to ask who she was to him, she should reply she was his sister.
Those familiar with the narrative of this passage in the life of the great patriarch would know that the situation did arise, and in order to save his skin, Abraham said that Sarai was his sister. Although that was partially true, it was in fact a lie.
Abraham’s action raises a fundamental point (and we shall explore that more in the next article).
It is, when faced with a dilemma as a leader, what choice do you make? Do you make a choice driven by selfish considerations and the need for self-preservation, or do you make the choice that is rooted in truth and righteousness, regardless of the effect your decision may have for you?
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.