Crises require rugged leadership.
You will face crisis as a leader. But your response will reveal what kind of leader you are. Unfortunately, it is far more common to see leaders collapse under the crisis rather than conquer. If you’re truly a rugged leader, you will withstand the crisis.
Next time you face an insurmountable-odds type of situation, consider Job’s response to his own crisis. He maintained perspective, saw beyond himself and remained resolute. In other words, he had biblical ruggedness.
What does it mean to be a biblically rugged leader? It comes with three marks: a close attention to character, a disposition to give more than you take, and a refusal to panic.
But before we get into these three marks, it’s worth considering why crises ever happen. We don’t know everything, but the Scriptures do give us some explanations for why crises happen:
- We live in a Genesis 3 world. This world is broken and groaning for redemption.
- We’re sinners. Some trials are a direct result of our own sin and sinful choices.
- For strengthening. Paul’s thorn in the flesh was to strengthen him, and so it can be for us.
- For ministry purposes. God gives some afflictions so that we will be able to comfort others in affliction (2 Cor 1).
- For mysterious, heavenly purposes. The secret things belong to the Lord (Deut 29:29).
Crises will happen. Nobody has a get-out-of-trials card. The question is how you will respond, and whether you’ll come out the other side a rugged leader.