Think about our approach to leadership. How will our influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Harry Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Will we be remembered because we made a change for the better?
Will our leadership impact the eternal good of others?
If it seems the world stands still around us, maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
Planning is vital to achieving goals. The challenge before leaders is developing the right plan.
We must answer several questions.
What goal are we trying to reach?
Why is this goal important to the overall program, or is it?
Who will carry out the plan?
Are adequate resources available for each stage of the plan? If not, can they be obtained?
When will we evaluate the progress?
How can we achieve maximum involvement?
Once the goal is reached, where do we go from that point?
Answering these questions provides the right foundation for the proper plans.
Harry Truman once said, ”Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Several thoughts could be noted here and rightfully so. The last line of this quote, however, deserves our attention.
Leaders have come and gone. We could all list leaders who are remembered for the negative and destructive nature of their leadership. We could also list others who are remembered for the good and lasting nature.
Think of a more current and practical approach to leaders and ask, “What about you and me?”
How will our leadership influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Will we be remembered because of the change we made for the better?
Will our leadership have an impact for the eternal good of others?
If it seems as though the world stands still around us, then maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
These two words present an interesting contrast of thought. By definition, progress represents an onward or forward movement toward a specific destination, and progressive represents a gradual step by step development.
In recent years, however, the idea behind these words has taken on a new understanding, meaning, and application.
Progress is categorized as a more positive attribute associated with the growth and development of an organization.
Progressive tends to fall into an area that describes the image of a gradual – step by step – movement away from a conservative foundation to a more liberal approach.
Obviously, we are aware of numerous emotions attached to the direction associated with both words. Considering the original definition of these words, however, points to a significant development in relationship to our leadership.
When leaders advance with a gradual step by step approach in an effort to move toward a destination, the opportunities for long lasting success are more secured.
Quick movements tend to only satisfy short-term needs and rarely last.
Progress and progressive are two sides of the same coin that, when used appropriately, bring long-term results that make a difference.
When we think of progress, we often express the idea as a forward and onward movement toward a specific destination.
We also consider that progress is something we are able to measure. For example, if we have a goal of teaching 50 Bible studies in 2015, we know we are making progress toward that goal if we conduct 25 of those studies by the end of June. This is how we generally determine if we are making progress or not.
The biggest challenge facing the church or any other organization is the fact we do not know if we are making progress because we think in qualifiable, rather than quantifiable terms. We have a vague idea of what we consider to be progress, but have no idea if we are really making progress or not.
Leaders have the great and needed task of establishing short- and long-term goals that enable everyone connected to the organization to see progress. Here is where enthusiasm is ignited and greater involvement ensues.
We need to get out of the rut of the status quo and take the initiative to lead from the front.