4 Strategies for LEADING in Crisis Situations [Judges 4:6-10]


Life is rarely a smooth journey.

One minute, you’re sailing smoothly.

The next, a tidal wave of unexpected challenges threatens to capsize your world.

And it leaves you feeling like the whole world is conspiring to knock you flat on your back. 

We all face moments of crisis – unexpected challenges, overwhelming circumstances, and situations that threaten to throw our world off balance.

How can we stand tall when the walls are crumbling around us?

Judges 4:6-10 offers a surprisingly relevant answer to how effective leadership can become the difference between weathering the storm and succumbing to it.

Let’s look at the 4 Strategies for leading in crises, as exemplified by Deborah.

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4 Strategies for Leading in Crisis Situations [Judges 4:6-10]


Then she sent and called for Barak, the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali…” [Judges 4:6a]

Israel was under the oppression of King Jabin and his commander, Sisera.

Deborah called upon Barak, a respected military leader, to join her in the mission to free Israel.

This collaboration was critical in rallying the tribes of Israel and instilling confidence in their mission.

Deborah understood that true strength lies in unity, a principle that is just as relevant today. 

No leader can succeed alone; collaboration brings together diverse skills and perspectives, leading to more comprehensive and effective solutions.

Perhaps you have a team member with exceptional communication skills, another with a keen eye for detail, and another with a proven track record of strategic thinking. 

By drawing on these diverse skill sets, you can create a more robust response to the crisis.

Ultimately, collaboration not only lightens the burden on the leader but also empowers team members, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability within the group.

#2 – FAITH

“…and said to him, ‘Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and the sons of Zebulun.” [Judges 4:6b]

Deborah’s confidence was not in her abilities but in the command and promise of God. 

She reminded Barak of God’s directive and assured him of divine support.

It’s easy to become consumed by the immediate challenges, losing sight of the bigger picture.

In addition, the enormity of the challenge can lead us to a place where we succumb to fear and doubt.

 But when we anchor our steps in God’s promises, we find the courage and strength to move in the direction of  God’s promises. 

For contemporary leaders, this emphasizes the importance of grounding decisions and actions in a strong sense of purpose and conviction. 

Faith provides the courage to undertake daunting tasks and the perseverance to see them through, especially when the path is fraught with uncertainty.


And Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!‘” [Judges 4:8]

Deborah didn’t criticize or belittle Barak’s concerns. Instead, she acknowledged his need for support and agreed to accompany him.

Deborah’s agreement to go with him not only reassured Barak but also empowered him to lead the troops with confidence.

True leaders don’t micromanage or impose their will. They create an environment where others feel empowered to contribute their talents and perspectives.

In modern leadership, empowering others means recognizing their potential, providing support, and fostering an environment where they can thrive. 

Empowered individuals are more motivated, committed, and capable of contributing to the collective goal.


And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under his command, and Deborah went up with him.” [Judges 4:10]

This collaboration – the military might of Barak alongside the prophetic wisdom of Deborah – represents the power of teamwork in overcoming crises.

Together, their joint leadership galvanized the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali to action.

Their unity was instrumental in assembling a formidable force of ten thousand men.

This spirit of teamwork is essential for navigating any crisis

Surround yourself with people you trust, who share your values, and who are willing to work together towards a common goal. 

Remember, even the most capable leader needs a strong team by their side.

For leaders today, teamwork involves creating a cohesive unit where each member understands their role and contributes to the common goal. 

Effective teamwork leverages the strengths of each member, fosters trust, and enhances overall performance.

These strategies are as relevant today as they were in Deborah’s time.

Embracing them becomes the anchor that steadies the ship amidst the storm.

What’s one way to build a strong team to tackle a crisis?

Let’s discuss this in the comments!

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