A few years ago I took some notes and wrote down some thoughts on leadership and waiting after reading this book.
Three types of Waiting:
- Frustrated Waiting - Like waiting in line for groceries or waiting at the dentist office. This type of waiting leads to hurried decisions, lack of focus and trouble in relationships. This waiting is the result of forgetting that there is a reason for everything in life. This type of waiting does the leader harm, not benefit by forcing a poor decision.
- Expectant Waiting - Like waiting for the birth of your child. Or for some of us, the start of baseball season. This is the type of waiting that is looking for the movement of God to take place. This waiting prepares us to receive what God has for us. For the leader it leads to realized hope.
- Quiet Waiting - Like sitting on the porch at the end of the day and reflecting on the day's events. Quiet waiting is listening. This is a calculated pause to listen and learn and grow and discover. It moves you from this to this. It allows the leader to learn from the past.
Waiting is not laziness, procrastination, or fear; although at times we pretend it is. As leaders when we are impatient we tend to react instead of respond, (Think in terms of medicine, react = bad, respond = good), and the reaction is against what God has in mind. Impatience causes leaders to sacrifice Godly insight for personal effort. It feels better, at least for a while, but impatience can lead to a misalignment of mission and purpose, greater frustration and longer waits. Waiting is hard for a leader because most leaders are driven to be active and tend to flourish in and around activity. Lack of activity can be interpreted as lack of progress which may be interpreted as poor leadership. Well...
Waiting is active. Waiting is an active, very active engagement, with God, others, yourself, and your issue. I believe that when we wait we are activating what God wants to do in our life and through our life. Sounds just like what a leader needs!