One of the best books on leadership, especially how faith and work intersect, is “Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda” by Henry & Richard Blackaby. The book shares truths applicable to both business and church leaders alike. One common thread is the difference between vision and revelation, and which one should drive our thinking and action. For example, here are three quotes:
“There is a significant difference between revelation and vision. Vision is something people produce; revelation is something people receive.”
“The world functions by vision; God’s people live by revelation.”
“Every time leaders choose to develop their own vision for their people instead of seeking God’s will, they are giving their people their best thinking instead of God’s. That is a poor exchange indeed.”
Which of these represents how you tend to view your work? Which way is closer to how you do “strategic planning”? Anything you need to change?