Standing Quiet

I conducted a Leadership Now Walkshop earlier today. In case you don’t know, this is a service of mine that uses experiential learning for leadership development. I take a group of 2-8 people on a hike through downtown Indianapolis to re-experience 5 sites important to Benjamin Harrison on Wednesday, July 9, 1862. That’s the day, 15 months after the start of the Civil War, that 28-year-old Benjamin Harrison decides what to do.

My question and point for this entry is taken from part of that day. When do you, as a leader, know it’s the right time to stand quiet? When do you know it’s time to be inactive and let things go on their own course?