We can have a lot of different responses when we are faced with inherent complexity. Depending on the situation, steward leadership requires one or more of them. Here are six responses we find people using most frequently:
- Eliminate nonessentials
- Classify and categorize
- Ignore the complexity and "go with the gut"
- Become paralyzed
- Analyze and examine
- Adapt and learn a new approach
Leaders who want to do good while doing well use these at different times, depending on the situation. (Perhaps they don't use paralysis as often as others - instead, it's time to stop and think.)
What is your most natural response to complexity?