Leaders who navigate do more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. It seems remarkable, but Nehemiah could see both the problem and the solution even though he had never visited Jerusalem.
All great leaders have uncommon vision. A leader sees . . .
Farther than others see. Nehemiah was able to see the problem, and he could picture the solution in his head.
More than others see. Nehemiah knew that the wall could and should be rebuilt, and he knew what it would take to do it.
Before others see. None of Jerusalem’s neighbors wanted to see the Jews rebuild their wall, and several enemy leaders conspired against Nehemiah and the people. But Nehemiah saw the danger and planned accordingly; he refused to give in to enemy plots.
And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my father’s tombs, that I may rebuild it.” -Nehemiah 2:5
(excerpt from Leadership Promises for Everyday)