Leadership Thinking

This is a guest post by Marc Millan. He is a worship pastor and fellow blogger, you can read his blog here. If you want to guest post on this blog please send me an email at danblackonleadership@gmail.com

The lives we live now days sure are moving at lighting speed. With work, family, hobbies or projects we can tend to just jump from one loop into a deep hole without understanding how we got there. Thinking and taking time to sit in silence can have an incredible positive impact on your leadership and life if you can practice it often enough.

I see three major benefits to taking time to think, these aren’t all of them but three major reasons you need to become a disciplined thinker.

  1. Thinking ahead- Every leader has a gift for vision, either they can see what is around the corner, what is lying dormant or can see new directions for their teams to go in but all leaders “see” things that most people don’t. Taking time to think will greatly allow you to see a clear and more focused direction, it could be as little as 5 minutes a few times a day or putting aside 15 minutes to allow for these thoughts to rise to the top. I would call this process “going over it”, where we allow the mind to just experience a process before it actually happens so we can try and foresee any problems or things we might have forgotten. Thinking ahead has greatly allowed me to prioritize my day and become very efficient with time and I believe it can do the same for you.
  1. Thinking to clear the mind– Again, with the business of life I cannot think (pun intended) of a better way to remain clear. Our lives are insanely congested with ideas, marketing, issues, emergencies and deadlines. Actually taking time to sit in silence has incredible and profound ways to improve your over all stress level and life. Sometimes I just sit for 5-10 minutes but in complete silence and minimal movement, I call this “centering” or getting to a place of stillness, getting grounded, finding your spiritual center. Clearing your mind is critical in making the right decisions and clarifying any confused thoughts you may have.
  1. Thinking to reflect– At the end of each night I try to sit in silence right before I pray. By sitting there to reflect, I go over my day and ask myself some very specific questions internally, did I make good use of my time? Did I help anyone today? What is still unsolved that I can improve on? All of these types of inquiries help me get to truth, they remind me of my dependency on God and how grateful I should be for all the blessings I have. Reflecting is a great tool for growth, not only do I journal but I reflect often and this is been probably the greatest step for me in terms of self improvement. I call this “rewinding the mind”, just going over the opportunities and challenges I may have faced.

If you are a creative person, thinking can dramatically improve your process, if you are in high level leadership thinking can really help you avoid some negative thoughts that try to distort purpose or direction. Give it a shot.

Question: In what ways does thinking benefit your leadership?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Every time I lead a retreat for my college ministry, Ignite, we do a session where we spend an hour and a half in silence. The first time I did this, I thought the students were going to kill me. They actually wanted to extend the amount of time we spent in silence! I think that extended time is beneficial because it helps us to hear God – to wade past the worries and doubts and the “this is boring, I don’t know what to do” that rages in our heads and get to the point where we are quiet before Him and can hear Him speak.

    Great post Marc!

    • Jason, thanks for sharing, the experience of silence wrestles with our business and I think that’s why it’s so important, like you mentioned, we finally can quiet the madness and listen to that still voice that leads us to life.
      M_

    • Anonymous

      When I was a youth leader before I moved to San Diego, I made it a point before the worship to prepare our self’s for the service. I often took time to be silent and prepare our hearts. Thank you for sharing Jason.

  • I particularly like the idea of taking time to reflect. This has been helpful for me as well – taking a critical look at my day and wondering if there were any areas of improvement or any areas where I did things particularly well.

    • Loren, thanks for sharing, I read in a book by C.J. Mahony how reflecting allows us to remain humble as we think of how the LORD helped us throughout the day, very helpful in recapping our impact daily.
      M_

    • Anonymous

      Taking time to think about your day or week is so important. It allows the person to control their time. Great thoughts Loren.

  • Jim F.

    Silence and a time to think are vital for a leader – it is a time when you can get a fresh perspective or a fresh vision. I am one who needs time to clear my mind and reflect because many times that is when God provides me with some great insights – I honestly try to work these times into everyday.

    Excellent Post.

    • Jim, thanks for sharing, I have seen the direct benefits as well and actually schedule times in my day to do it also, that is a vital way to make it happen daily.
      M_

    • Anonymous

      Jim,
      I think this topic is often over looked but very important. The best thinking I have done was when I invited God to be apart of it. God lifts my thoughts and thinking to a new level. Marc made a great comment about scheduling time to think, this is so important for leader’s to do.

      You should check out Marc’s blog.

  • Anonymous

    So true Jonathan. This is very important to do if we want to see future success. If you have not read Marcs blog make sure you check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • This is a great post. Love how you mention about taking time to think and plan and for vision.

    • Becky,

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for stopping by.