Leadership In Times Like These

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“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” I Chronicles 12:32

There’s no question that we live in peculiar times. As a leader, it is more important than ever that you have clarity of heart and mind in order to lead effectively.

Our country is torn by many great divides. Tensions are high and divisions are running deep. People are looking for answers. It’s important in times like these, as it was in the days of Issachar, that we as leaders are people who understand the times and know what to do.

I realize this is somewhat of a departure from my customary tone of writing that I deliver each week, but perhaps I am looking at our world these days with a different perspective.

My first grandchild is turning one year old, and I am thinking about the kind of world he is growing up in and the type that he will inherit. As our family celebrates this momentous and joyous occasion it is causing me to take a step back and put leadership in a sharper context. What type of world do I want him to know and inherit? Here are a few thoughts on how we get there.

In times like these, we must lead with love

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said John Maxwell. And this is the rallying call for all leaders today. If our leadership is going to amount to anything worth espousing it must be done with hearts of love. Enough with the hatred and vitriol, it’s time to lead with love.

In times like these, we must espouse servant leadership

For many in leadership, it’s all about the quest to get to the top. It’s a “what’s in it for me?” attitude. Yes, it’s self-serving, and yes, it’s everything that is wrong with leadership. Servant leadership is about adding value. It’s about enriching the lives and growing the leaders around you. It’s about raising others up, not tearing them down. It’s about contentment in being second in a “me first’ world. It’s about a “what can I give?” attitude in a self-absorbed world.

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In times like these, we must lead with humility

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less,” said Rick Warren. What a powerful thought. We have enough leaders thinking more about themselves than perhaps they should. Perhaps it’s in times like these we need to be thinking less of ourselves and more about those we can serve, those we can lift up, and how to bring people together.

In times like these, we must lead with open hearts

If there was ever a time for us as leaders to open our hearts to those around us it’s now. We must stop talking and screaming past one another and learn once again to listen. As leaders, we must be the change we seek. We must open our hearts and see that we all have a stake in the outcome of the type of the world we want to know and leave behind.

In times like these, we must lead with clarity

The men in the day of Issachar were men who understood the times in which they lived. It’s up to us as leaders to do the same. Our voices, the lone ones in a sea of instant reactions and opinions, must be the calm ones in the storm. In times like these, we must lead with a steady hand and moral clarity, and with the courage of our convictions. Our voices need to be heard and our message delivered with love and humility.

In times like these, we must think long and pray hard.

It’s no secret; leadership is hard. It’s hard in the good times, not to mention in times of difficulty. We need more leaders who think long. We need leaders who know how to look at the big picture and see into the future. But, we would all be amiss if we thought we could do it alone. We must be leaders who understand the power and necessity of prayer. Understanding the times in which we live comes with a price. We must seek wisdom from outside of ourselves when we know it’s not within us. We need God’s help.

The times in which we live present us as leaders a tremendous opportunity. Are you ready to lead in times like these?


© 2017 Doug Dickerson


About dougdickerson

I am Certified Leadership Trainer, author, columnist, and speaker. Husband to Alicia, father to Katelyn and Kara, and "Pop" to terrific grandsons Tyson and Gideon. I am an avid photographer, love the outdoors, and like to travel. I'm passionate about sharing my leadership insights and helping people reach their full potential.
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9 Responses to Leadership In Times Like These

  1. mwdeterding says:

    Outstanding article Doug! Thank you so much for this awesome guidance on how to be an effective servant leader in the world in which we live! You are a true blessing. Thanks for all your efforts in spreading these wonderful leadership principles!


  2. Terri Paone says:

    Well said; a true reminder to those who are privileged enough to serve as leaders the importance of heart, humility and service to others is in our role.


  3. Arun Dongrey says:

    In times like these, we must think for the workmen, the staff and the officers, in addition to the share holders, profits and overall turn-over and productivity alone. An earlier generation of the management concentrated not on employees enough. Its base was towards a profit making organization alone. Even not ignoring the motive of starting the organization, of profit-making, other fine factors are to be attended genuinely.


  4. Arun Dongrey says:

    In earlier times, purpose of starting a foundry was mentioned as not serving society and man-kind, but merely money-making. Now, it is seen that pollution, workers well-being and the welfare of the entire society is considered.
    That is a reason why people of India believe in Mr. Narendra Mody who is selflessly working for the people of India. Earlier generations in politics, in addition to serving the Nation, also concentrated on building fortunes, which never matched their legitimate income.
    The same holds good for anything one does, be it industry, politics, medicine or whatever…


  5. Michael Shepherd says:

    Great article. Any person who practices these behaviors will soon have followers and be seen as a leader – despite their title.


  6. Right on point. It is time to bring people together. To show how can all be part of the solution.


  7. P.W.C.J says:

    Well written. Thank you Doug.


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