“What does the Lord require of you?”
That’s the question reverberating in my mind these days.
The answer to that question from Micah 6:8 is…
To act justly
To love mercy
To walk humbly with your God
As leaders, we must first lead ourselves to these ends, but then our greater responsibility is to lead others to this outcome as well.
I don’t know about you but given the deep hurt within our country, this call to lead others to justice, mercy, and humility feels like an insurmountable task.
Where do we begin?
We don’t know if we’re moving backwards or forwards in our efforts.
At a minimum, change seems slow.
There are two refrains that I consistently echo to the leaders I coach.
The 2 Refrains that Lead to Change
Awareness is growth.
While awareness itself is not enough, awareness IS growth. What we were once blind to, we are now conscious of and positioned to do something about.
Be patient and persistent.
True growth requires time. Lasting change comes with persistence.
Cultures are not changed overnight. When we’re working with organizations, we prepare them for the reality that organizational culture change can take 3-5 years of patient and persistent progress.
Here’s what we need to remember about culture. Every person influences culture. Culture is made up of the collective influence of everyone who is a part of an organization – and in this case our nation.
This work that we want to do is going to be patient and persistent work. It’s not (although I wish it were) overnight change.
Culture can be catalyzed in big moments but real, systemic culture change comes on the other side of behavior change. And behavior change is personal. It requires a safe environment to learn, grow, and apply. Behavior change requires new habits. Behavior change requires new rhythms. Behavior change requires commitment and coaching.
It’s not episodic events. A social media post alone won’t do it. A news report alone won’t do it. A protest alone won’t do it.
What is the change you want to see?
What are the habits and behaviors that you can employ to make this culture shift first for yourself and then for those you lead?
Leaders, we need you on the front lines modeling the way.
Can I be honest? I wish it was simpler than this. We all want simple answers. We all want to believe that there is one thing that someone could do somewhere that would turn this tide.
There is not.
There is not one thing.
There is not one person.
It is the collective influence of all of us.
But we need to quit looking at the crowd and yelling to the masses.
Culture change happens as person by person begins to embrace the habits and behaviors that reflect the values we collectively choose to uphold.
Start with you. Start with your circle of influence. Change what you DO have influence over and the collective influence of each individual will eventually change the whole.
“What does the Lord require of me?”
Let that question guide your actions and help us all move forward one patient and persistent step at a time.
In this week’s episode of the podcast, “The One Thing that Just Became the Main Thing”, I share four practical steps you can take to clarify the values that guide the behavior of your team. If you want to see real change in your team, in your organization, in your community, in our nation, start by giving your team a healthy framework of values, beliefs, and behaviors that set the guardrails for what it means to be a thriving member of your team.
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Keep leading well!
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group
Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.