“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” John W. Holt, Jr.
Several thoughts came to mind when first reading this quote. The idea of the test of one’s character is powerful and needed. The thought of character itself is also a great subject when considering leadership.
However, the main thought here has to do with behavior; specifically, how leaders behave when they don’t know what to do.
There will always be times when leaders struggle with knowing what should be done. During these times their character is truly tested to its limits.
The qualities of patience, understanding, thoughtful reflection, and being cautious are important. Decisions can be made too rashly and without the proper foundation. The result can bring serious consequences which could be avoided.
Learning to seek the counsel of others who have walked the same paths can open leaders up to greater wisdom, possible alternatives, and new angles of consideration.
When leaders find themselves not knowing what to do, the first option is to begin with prayer!