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Steering the Ship

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

We all understand that the Captain of the ship is the one in charge, but what is truly the role of the Captain? He/She steers the ship, steadies the ship and crew during stormy seas, delegates the important work of sailing the ship, navigates with an end in mind, and corrects any mistake that could bring the ship down.

You are the Captain of your organization.

Here are some things to consider as you lead from the front:

You maintain ownership and vision.

From the front, you will continuously cast vision and guide those you lead - you will steer the ship. Your decisions and appointments will be guided by your vision and purpose. You will always remind your team of these things and hold them accountable to the purposeful work you set before them.

You set the tone and culture of your organization.

You will light the fire when needed, steady the crew during storms, pump the gas and hit the brakes when it is necessary. As the leader, your attitude, fears, hopes, and dreams are contagious.

You choose who walks alongside you to build up your organization.

Choose wisely. Choose those who add value to your organization. Choose those who bring areas of strength that you lack. Think ahead to where you hope to steer your organization - who can help you reach that goal? Choose a variety of talent, thoughts, and skills.

You choose your tasks...

...and the tasks of others. It is imperative to delegate because, face it, you can’t do it all. When you have chosen a team whose strengths build on your weaknesses, the delegation of tasks comes much more naturally.

Lean on the team you will build, but most importantly, lean on the One who placed you in your position.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10

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