4/10/20 — Good Leaders Don’t Overreact to Short-Term Results

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” –1 Corinthians 15:58

There is something about a season of change that brings excitement to entrepreneurs. Change brings with it problems to solve, and problems to solve are like crack for most leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents.

However, not everyone loves change, or even likes change. And that’s okay. Change isn’t for everyone.

Leaders, who have been around the block a time or two, realize that not everyone does change and responds to change the same way. This is an important principle for how leaders also think about the change agent of “short term results.”

When something goes big, or when something goes different, steady leaders have realistic expectations. They don’t have too big of highs, or too low of lows.

I see this all of the time with pastors around Easter. Easter is an opportunity for growth for many churches in the West. And if that season is stewarded well, most of the time, growth does happen.

Here’s also what I see:

I also see short-term results lead to unrealistic expectations for continued similar results. And then by May and June, most pastors are back to wishing it was Easter Week all over again. As one prominent pastor puts it: “We are talking about building bigger buildings around Easter, and then we are talking about how to keep the lights on in May and June.”

Good leaders will not overreact to short-term results. They will lead through it. They will celebrate the short-term wins. And then they will prepare for May and June, because they have finally realized that they come every year, too.