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Leaders Should Be a Non-Anxious Presence

November 25, 2016

steinkeThis bit of wisdom in the post title comes from Peter Steinke. He affirms that anxiety itself is not bad; it can provoke positive change, but only if regulated.

In his Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What, Steinke says leaders should be non-anxious presences in their churches. He says, “Nothing new under the sun—especially nothing controversial—happens without confusion, resistance, or emotional reactivity.”

So leaders should “keep calm for the purpose of reflection and conversation,” “maintain a clear sense of direction,” and what I thought was hardest but maybe best, “tolerate high degrees of uncertainty, frustration, and pain.”

“To be a non-anxious presence,” he says, “means to acknowledge anxiety but not let it be the driver of behavior.” Don’t deny anxiety, but don’t let it defeat you or your people.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2016 12:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  2. David Bradley permalink
    November 28, 2016 7:12 am

    Good advice! Sounds similar to Laozi’s maxim 無為而治 – “practice non-ado, and everything will be in order.”

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