The Law of Navigation

Are you simply steering your ship, or did you take time to plot your course?

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Greetings!  Today I would like to talk about another law I read in the leadership book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. Today’s law is called the law of navigation. This law means that people follow people who know where they are going.  These are the people who have taken time to chart the course and prepare the ship with all the necessary equipment for the ship and the crew.

Think about this. Imagine you want to get from Galveston to Belize on a sailboat. You could choose to hop aboard one of two different vessels that make that trip every spring. One captain has always been a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy. Sure the gas tank is full, the sails are working and don’t have any holes in them, there is some food on board, but that’s about all. He doesn’t plot his course he just raises the sails and let’s the wind take him in the general direction of Belize. Then you have another captain. One who always thinks ahead. He not only has a full gas tank, but there are a few spare gas tanks. He has a spare set of sails, just in case something happens. He has stocked three weeks worth of food for this seven day journey. He has listened to the weather forecast, knows wind direction and speeds, and carefully plotted his course. He has a crew that all know how to sail, navigate, and captain the vessel should something happen to him. Now, which of these two captains would you want to trust to get you to Belize? I would only trust the second captain, the one who took time and made sure everything was in order, and took time to navigate the course to get me there.

That is what followers are looking for. If you want to be a leader you have to learn how to navigate. So many things can happen in life. You must be able to look ahead and see what could possibly come against you that could keep you from getting you and your followers to the end goal. You can’t anticipate everything life brings your way, but taking time to prepare and think ahead will give you a fantastic start. During your normal everyday conversations, people form an opinion about you. They will learn if you are the leader who knows where you are going, have the ability to get there, and if you have the ability to get them there with you if they decide to join you.

This chapter of the book begins with, “Anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.” When it comes to your life, are you simply steering a ship, like the first captain, or you are charting the course and leading people like captain number two?

 

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