One of the more interesting talks at Catalyst this year was the last one. Andy Stanley talked about the importance of creating a system that actually works. I have been a part of many different kinds of systems – family, clubs, local churches, and others. All of them have written and unwritten rules and expectations. They are designed to create an environment that exerts pressure on those in the system to perform in a certain manner. In highly dysfunctional systems – people play roles and try to appease the person who is acting out. What they don’t realize is that they are actually creating the environment that makes that behavior possible.
As a leader, Sometimes the best thing you can do is shake up the system by pointing out that the “emperor has no clothes” so to speak. It is amazing what some hard truth can do.
On the other hand, there are times that the truth is more than someone can bear to face.
Wisdom is knowing when to speak and when to remain silent as a leader.