We need to develop the discipline of perspective. As leaders we must cultivate the ability to see life from a different viewpoint and enhance our ongoing capacity to take a problem or an opportunity and frame it through a broader lens. Doing so will give us the important information needed to set goals, review progress and celebrate wins.Leaders must enhance their capacity to see problems and opportunities through a broader lens. Click To Tweet
The discipline of perspective is…
…wisdom to lead seeing the impact of our actions above and beyond the immediate.
…wisdom that allows a parent to teach a child while disciplining him/her.
…wisdom that allows a leader to lead through a problem knowing that tomorrow is more important than today.
…wisdom to live our lives knowing that our days are numbered.
Ask Yourself These 3 Questions:
1. Are we making progress?
I often ask teams at work this very question. Viewing the progress made in any goal keeps you from becoming derailed by the setbacks that will occur. As we know, the nature of life and work brings with it a set of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating through these and having clarity on the outcome allows you to stop and determine if you are making progress. In all aspects of your life and work, it is good to step out of the day-to-day activity to evaluate your overall progress.
2. Will this count 100 years from now?
What about ten years from now or 10,000 years from now? We need to see far beyond the time and place we stand in order to get an eternal perspective. Many decisions are made due to our vision being limited to what is directly in front of us. We need to guard well the things that have eternal significance, spending our time and energy developing organizations and people (including our children and grandchildren) with a compelling vision of the decades to come.The discipline of perspective is wisdom to live our lives knowing that our days are numbered. Click To Tweet
3. From a global viewpoint, does this matter?
Sometimes I like to put myself in the shoes of someone from another part of the world and ask if this decision really matters? Most of the world has one meal a day and one change of clothes. I have to put my western world perspective up against a love for the peoples of the world to gain a true perspective. It is one of the reasons I am big on global experiences as part of our personal and organizational development. We desperately need to see the world to lead well.
Above all, perspective and wisdom is found in Christ. “In him (Jesus), are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 CSB
Paul’s prayer to the church of Ephesus is a powerful prayer to pray over all leaders of faith that are growing in the discipline of perspective:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21 CSB
What are you doing to develop the discipline of perspective in your life and work?