speak then speak
As a leader, there are endless opportunities to speak, to communicate, and to articulate something. In fact, I believe it is impossible to lead without using your voice. Your voice paints pictures, your words breathe vision, your script gives direction. You speak to groups, teams, the mother, the child, the donor.
Not only do you speak on the spot - spontaneously, you rehearse and memorize the words for days on end. You stay up late to recall so that you can speak well - to ultimately lead well. Fellow leader, your words hold power. Even after you have exited a room, your words are still infusing in the minds & hearts of the people. Listeners navigate your words as a guide to who you are: your character, your convictions, your personality. The script and the voice always provide handles.
Because every leader cannot escape using their voice to lead people, I believe that there are a few secret exercises tucked in the back pocket of those strategic leaders who lead well. The primary tool being that they speak, then speak.
Every good leader knows who they should speak to, before they speak. They know the who. It is those who can hear the ideas, provide feedback, and ultimately hear the voice before the script is formally given. These “whos” are key to the leader. But there is one dialogue that should occur even before the small room talk.
Fellow leader, I encourage you to speak, then speak. Speak to God first, then the people second. God first, people second. Allow him to be the first audience. This type of speaking comes in the package of prayer. Allow prayer to initiate any other type of speaking that you might engage in. Allow prayer to be the doorway from which the script is written and approved.
When one steps into the position of leadership, they step into the position of speaking. But let us not forget the strategic order: God first, people second.
Speak, then speak is the secret sauce.