Chaos Creates Opportunities for Courageous Leaders
Not many people like chaos, change and conflict. Yet, they are inevitable. Therefore, our perspective and reaction to them are vital in determining outcomes. Some people want to get away from chaos and conflict at all costs. So, we choose to ignore an aggravating situation like it never happened, try to laugh it off, attempt to find something good in it and/or simply run away from it by detaching ourselves from the situation and/or person(s) involved completely.
Perhaps we have attempted all these strategies at some point in our lives, and if so, we have realized they rarely advance well. Rather, they may prolong the challenge, awkwardness and irritation, which can lead us to try and deaden the pain of the situation even more. However, the most impactful leaders demonstrate something different. They rarely do any of these things. Rather, they courageously enter the chaos for the opportunity to create change.
Chaos creates opportunities. Courageous leaders choose to enter these situations, not gleefully but intentionally, and to make the most of the opportunity.
Challenges present times, unlike any other, for leaders to truly be the “change agents” we are meant to be. We do not have to like or enjoy the chaotic environment we find ourselves in, but we can seek creative transformation for all parties involved.
We cannot deny or deaden the reality of the pain and difficulty in chaos — rather, we can acknowledge it and feel it, but choose not to run from it. These are our opportunities to address challenges and chaos is positive ways.
As a result, we grow in our roles and development. These are times leaders are polished, accountability is upheld and integrity is forged. We get to help others grow as we grow, and whether reconciliation is achieved or not, the outcome can be beneficial as we grow in our discipline to stand up under pressure, remain faithful and dutiful to greater purposes than our own. May we enter the chaos that will come our way not foolishly, but wisely, fully aware of its difficulty, but also fully intentional and available to be instruments for instruction and change agents for good.