On a recent consulting trip, a client suggested that I stay at a quaint little Amish Inn while in town. It was an honest-to-goodness family owned hotel, and they also ran a restaurant next door.
On my way to eat breakfast, I came across an intersection with a sign that made me stop and think. Not because the sign instructed me to stop, but because it said “whoa” instead.
To me, whoa is more like yield than stop. Whoa says, “Slow down. Look around, take stock, and then go.” Whoa leaves room for thought before action.
As I chuckled at the odd sign, I couldn’t help but think about how many times I have seen leaders throw up stop signs that squash team enthusiasm and adversely impact God-given progress in their ministries. Instead, when another team member wants to advance, a good leader will gently pull on the reigns before moving forward.
Hasty stop signs in leadership can:
- Demotivate your team
- Discard good ideas
- Derail growth
But saying whoa instead will allow you to:
- Appreciate team members
- Assess every option
- Adjust your plan
So practice yielding to the great ideas your team generates, even if they seem crazy at first. After all, aren’t God’s biggest plans the ones that feel a little out there?