The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Glass Half Empty?

Bible Character:  Micah (Prophet)

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior: my God will hear me.   Micah 7:7  NIV

Prophets in the bible were considered leaders.   While they often predicted much gloom, they also projected optimism for the future.  Micah was one such prophet.  

We have a choice in how we view the conditions of any one given situation.  One tendency of many successful leaders is the ability to identify the opportunity in all settings.

What could be beneficial about choosing optimism?

Handling Different Opinions

Most organizations are made up of many individuals, representing countless different opinions.  The pessimistic leader tends to shy away from varying viewpoints.  The optimistic leader seeks to find value in them, even if the viewpoints are different than their own.

Problem Solving

All organizations face discouraging circumstances so leaders must be problem solvers.  If a team member constantly brings up organizational problems without solutions they are probably not to be considered a good leader.

An optimistic leader can stay focused on the long term goals and is not thwarted by the short-term setbacks.  Those who see a half-empty glass might have difficulty looking beyond the short-term setbacks.

Creating Hope

Do you believe your organization’s best days are behind them?  If the answer is yes, you are probably not creating a good environment for a productive and positive future.  Leaders create hope in their organization, and an optimistic view is a vital part of their endeavors.

While he led, Micah gave a prophecy of restoration and optimism for Israel…The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries.  Micah 7:11 NIV

Micah saw better days ahead, do you?

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5 thoughts on “Glass Half Empty?

  1. Nope, I see the days as dark and evil and getting worse, yet just as the prophets its provides us with a greater opportunity to be lights out in a world that desperately needs it. The greater the darkness the more powerful is a single ray of light in Jesus Christ.

  2. Optimism and Pessimism are both beneficial and both when used exclusively can cause problems. Pessimism helps one to see potential problems before they arise.

  3. Very appropriate scripture for me right now. Struggling with morale issues in my department that are understandable. This will help me focus on big picture and longer term than the present rough patch. Thank you.

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