"I have much to write to you, but I do not
want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope
to visit you and talk with you face to face,
so that our joy may be complete" - 2 John 1:12.
The apostles did not hesitate to use the technology of their day - the Roman road system, ink and scrolls - to communicate their teaching and pastoral advice to their flock all over the known world. Yet in today's verse, John preferred to communicate via a face-to-face encounter as opposed to the written word. Leaders must not only be committed to communicate, they must be willing to use and be proficient in modern technologies. Yet there is still great value in personal meetings, and leaders must not rely too much on technology and eliminate the personal touch that enables them to read body language, tone of voice and other physical clues and cues from those with whom they are communicating.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to evaluate your use of technology in your communication strategy. Are you confident in your proficiency or do you take pride in your refusal to use it? If you are proficient, are you over-using it to the extent that you neglect or avoid personal contact and face-to-face meetings? Do you have a communications strategy, knowing what you want to share with followers, along with how and when you will share it?