Business Perspectives

August 7, 2014

What is faith’s role in leadership?

Does faith have a place in leadership?

Does faith have a place in leadership?


Faith is believing in something you can’t yet see. Faith is moving forward even though you don’t know how it will turn out. These three acts of faith work together to support great leadership.

1. Ask for what you want.

Asking genuinely for what you want from others requires faith. Faith that others will care about your needs. Faith that you are worthy of getting what you want. Faith that whether you get it or not, you are OK … and so are they.

2. Make a decision and let go.

Making a decision and letting go is an act of faith. Faith that while you can no longer chose the alternatives, you will be able to deal with the consequences of your choice. Faith that others are capable as well. Faith that you don’t have to have it all figured out.

3. Stop and listen.

Stopping long enough to listen to your inner voice and to the voices of those around you is an act of faith. Faith that if you find out you were wrong, you are still OK. Faith that what you hear from others might be the thing you most need to know. Faith that there is more than one way to do things.

Which act of faith is most difficult for you? Which one would you like to develop to improve your leadership?

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