I have been given the humbling opportunity of leading others quite a bit in my life. Learning what it means to be an effective leader is something I am tyring to constantly discover. I continue to learn lessons all the time. A big one I have been learning lately is about the distinction of clarity vs certainty. I often find myself in situations (as a husband, pastor, friend, parent, citizen) where I am not 100% sure of what to do. I know the principle that is to be followed and I have the information, but the direction I am leaning towards is not a sure thing. I am realizing that as a leader I do not have to know the outcome for certain. Certainty is not my responsibility. Yes, I should calculate the odds and gather as much information as possible, but being certain everything is a “sure” thing is not leadership. Truth be told, if we wait for no risk and the sure thing, we will often never act and/or the opportunity will pass.
However, I am learning that whether certainty is high or not, I must always communicate clearly. People need, want and deserve clarity in the direction and vision a person or group is taking them. People will follow you even if you are wrong some times, but they will not follow a person presenting a “thing” that has not been clearly conveyed. I want to get better at this. Be clear without being certain.