Focused Follow Through… “A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24
Wise leaders focus on follow through, and do not wander around detached from the details. Details are stepping-stones to success or, if ignored, stumbling blocks to failure. Discernment keeps you systematically focused on a sequence of tasks that assure the implementation of every point in a project. You are wise when you promise less and deliver more. Indeed, focused leaders who follow through can be trusted with more.
If the leader is distracted by the next new idea he will not have the energy or mental capacity to follow through with the most strategic pending project. It is a naïve leader who thinks he or she can delegate their way away from staying engaged in the execution of mission critical initiatives. Every week, or even daily, your team needs to hear from you discerning questions that increase their accountability. Follow through engages.
How is the progress related to the agreed upon timeline for completion? What obstacles are in the way, and how can they be removed? Is the cost of the project within budget? What did we decide and who is responsible for its implementation? Wise leaders know enough of the details to know what questions to ask. You keep wisdom in view by focusing on a few mission critical strategies. You bring clarity to the course of action.
Teams clamor to follow a wise leader who is focused on follow through. So model the way by doing what you say. Your servant leadership facilitates follow through for the team. Become their barrier breaker, and give them the confidence to carry on. Follow through creates creditability. Above all, focus on the Lord and follow through with what He tells you to do. Faith follows through. “Am I a leader worth following, because I follow through?” “Can I be trusted with more, because I have been faithful with what I have?” Perhaps you say “no” more, and “yes” less. Jesus said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
June 14, 2021
“God is your gardener, Jesus is the vine, you are the branch and the Holy Spirit bears the fruit.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 14, 2021 For he was a good man [Barnabas], full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Acts 11:24 [...]
June 13, 2021
“Out of an overflow of being comforted and loved by Christ, fathers show affection to their children.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 13, 2021 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy [...]
June 12, 2021
“Any understanding of Jesus that does not have sacrificial, self-giving love at its heart is a distortion and misunderstanding of his true identity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 12, 2021 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do [...]