Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course!

With the headlining story of the Concordia cruise ship in Italy, I thought that was the prefect tie in to share one of the books I have been currently re-reading.  “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: by John C. Maxwell”

My hope today is that the sharing of this book with you is sparking the inner leader inside you or strengthening the outer leader you already are!

LAW #4 The Law of Navigation – Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course!                                                                                                                  

First-rate navigators always have in mind that other people are depending on them and their ability to chart a good course.

• Before good leaders take their people on a journey, they go through a process in order to give the trip the best chance of being a success:

o Navigators Draw on Past Experience – every past success and failure you’ve experienced can be a valuable source of information and wisdom. Success teaches you what you’re capable of doing and gives you confidence. However, your failures can often teach greater lessons, if you allow them to. If you fail to learn from your mistakes, you’re going to fail again and again.

o Navigators Examine the Conditions Before Making Commitments – No good leader plans a course of action without paying attention to current conditions. Good navigators count the cost before making commitments for themselves and others.

o Navigators Listen To What Others Have to Say – Navigating leaders get ideas from many sources. They listen to members of their leadership team. They spend tyme with leaders of other organizations who can mentor them. They always think in terms of relying on a team, not just themselves

o Navigators Make Sure Their Conclusions Represent Both Faith and Fact – A leader has to possess a positive attitude. If you can’t confidently make the trip in your mind, you’re not going to be able to take it in real life. On the other hand, you also have to be able to see the facts realistically. If you don’t go in with your eyes wide open, you’re going to get blindsided. Balancing optimism and realism, faith and fact can be very difficult.

• Charting A Course with A Navigation Strategy – here’s an acrostic that the author used repeatedly in his leadership.

Predetermine a course of action.
Lay out your goals.
Adjust your priorities.
Notify key personnel.
Allow tyme for acceptance.
Head into action.
Expect problems.
Always point to the successes.
Daily review your plan.

“The secret to the Law of Navigation is preparation. When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trust to people. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.”

Leaders who navigate do even more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they the dock. They have a vision for their destination, they understand who it takes to get there, they know who they need on the team to be successful, and they organize the obstacles long before they appear on the horizon.

Sometymes its difficult balancing optimism and realism, intuitions and planning and faith and fact. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader. Above everything else, the secret to the law of navigation is preparation. When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trust to the people. It’s no the size of the project that determines its acceptance, support, and success. It’s the size of the leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.

Nehemiah had an extra love for God and walked an extra mile and he was blessing to the community. Nehemiah finished rebuilding the wall within 52 days that was lying ruined for 120 years… Wow that’s a real big tyme project that was done by God’s grace within 2 months.

When you allow Him to work through you He can allow you to chart any course & steer any ship!

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