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Clarity in Uncertainty



Uncertainty is the world in which leaders live. The world of certainty is the world of managers. Their role is to eliminate the risk and standardize the process to ensure dependable, predictable results. If we do this it will produce that.

Leaders are not simply repeating what has already been proven. They are innovators exploring new territories, trying new things. There is no evidence to prove what will happen or if it will work. Leaders never have all the data they would like to make a perfectly informed decision. They have to become comfortable living in uncertainty but they can never be unclear. When a leader is unclear they are impossible to follow and if no one is following then they are no longer a leader.

So how can a leader be clear when they are uncertain? Let me be clear, I don’t know, but I bet the key is:

1.  Stay well informed.

  • Read as much as you can from as many different sources as you can. Listen to everyone. Think things through for yourself.
2.  Keep the proper perspective.
  • Take the time to get away from whatever it is. Getting some distance helps bring things into focus.
3.  Take care of yourself.
  • Your confidence goes up when you are on top of your game. So, eat right, exercise, and regularly pull away to invest in yourself.
4.  Say it succinctly.
  • Decide what you think. Determine what you want to say. Say it.
Keep leading well.

Jay Hanson, Lead Pastor, and Anne Bosarge, Multi-Campus Director, serve at The Chapel Ministries. They love sharing about the ways God is moving in their church. Contact them at and

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