Any enterprise is built by wise planning becomes strong through common sense and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.

Proverbs 24:3-4

Seven Reasons We Really Need Each Other

by Chuck Lawless
Let me start with this caveat: I do not take the stand that a plurality of advisors is the only acceptable model for a business. On the other hand, I’ve learned that there is great wisdom in having others who walk beside me as I lead my business (and, how I wish I’d known that reality as a young entrepreneur. Here’s why a plurality matters:
The pre-fall condition of Adam’s not-so-good aloneness (Gen 2:18) was not a mandate for all of us to be married, but it was a reminder that God created all of us to need others. That simple truth pushes against any leading by ourselves.
No matter how smart we may think we are, we can always learn from others when we invite them into our lives. Indeed, we need people who speak truth to us.
We might try hard to be self-aware, but none of us sees himself without bias. The trouble with blind spots is that they often affect how we act— but we don’t even recognize our tendencies. We need others to point them out to us.
I’m assuming, of course, that these other leaders honestly critique us, push back at our ideas, affirm us when it’s right, and help us grow in Christ. They point out our arrogance that we so often don’t recognize.
In some ways, a plurality of leaders is one expression of the 1 Corinthians 12 church. God puts His Body together as He wills, and all of us matter in His work. Our combined gifts help the local church to move forward…as it will help you with your business.
It’s amazing when God takes us from different backgrounds and makes us one. That’s especially apparent when a plurality of leaders who trust each other can debate issues, wrestle through disagreements, and still come out with a united voice.
If I’m the only one leading, I bear full responsibility if my plans don’t succeed. With a plurality of leaders, though, all of us bear the weight of failure—which makes the weight much lighter.
Even if you’re a sole proprietor of a business, I encourage you to prayerfully seek others who might assist and encourage you. You may not use the terms “plurality” or “elders,” but still you need a team of people around you.
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