Accountability introduces a number of thoughts.
There is the implication of what is required. We are required to be trustworthy, faithful, examples, and people of integrity.
There are certain expectations. If we expect little/more, we get little/more. When leaders make decisions, we expect to be held accountable.
There is an understanding of responsibility. If we are accountable, then certain responsibilities are connected to our decisions and actions.
We will all give an account for our deeds in this life, good and bad. How much more so for leaders who answer to God for leading His people?
What is our objective? What are we trying to achieve? Do we have a mission?
Sadly, as spiritual leaders, our mission often gets skewed because the mission becomes more about us than God. It becomes more about what we want to achieve, rather than what God wants us to achieve.
Leaders have a responsibility to know and believe in God’s mission.
We must be honest enough to examine ourselves closely and ask hard questions about whose mission we are fulfilling.
Let us arise and lead God’s people in unity, and let us work together to fulfill God’s mission.
How many times in the political arena do we hear the thought expressed of someone being extreme left or extreme right?
Being extreme, however, is not limited to the political arena. We quite often find the beast of extremism within the church.
Our responsibility is to learn the difference between biblical doctrine and personal opinion.
Spiritual leaders must find the proper balance to maintain the unity needed within the Lord’s church.
In a time where people try to prevent the world from influencing the church, let us not become so extreme that our actions portray what we are trying to prevent.
People often take on more work than they are capable of handling. We hear “it is just easier to do the work myself.” We keep adding until we cannot carry it all and something breaks.
Is this right way to lead?
Do leaders really help others reach their potential if they add more to their own plate?
Can overall growth occur if only a few do the work?
Leaders must delegate and distribute the load into appropriate hands.
If everyone does their part, the entire load can be carried. When leadership takes on the responsibility of others, eventually a breaking point comes. Guard against it!
Leadership involves responsibility. The claim of many is that the greater the responsibility, the fewer the rights.
We live in a culture where taking responsibility is not a common practice. We could say we live in a culture where the common practice is one of blaming others. Not much has changed since the beginning.
However, quality leaders seek responsibility and take responsibility for their actions.
Leaders give credit to the team when there is victory, but take full responsibility when there is a defeat.
Rarely do we find such integrity and leadership. Yet, when we do, influence abounds. The result? People follow!
We live in a culture much like other cultures in generations before us. People desire greatness, but avoid responsibility. Yet, we find several unavoidable applications to this idea of responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Responsibility involves duty over someone or something.
Responsibility brings accountability.
Responsibility indicates an obligation.
Responsibility brings an opportunity to act independently and make decisions.
Responsibility determines greatness.
When leaders are responsible, and willing to take responsibility, it inspires others to follow.
Responsibility is the price to be paid. Greatness is the prize.
Today is the first day of the rest of our life. Now is the acceptable time.
It is time…
It is time for leaders to stand up and lead.
It is time to be men and women of God.
It is time to fulfill our role and responsibility in the home.
It is time for Christians to speak up about their faith.
All we have is right now, and it is time. Do not waste what God has given us. Take advantage of the time we are given and begin now!
It is time to make a difference.
Leadership is often viewed as influencing and instilling greatness in others. However, true leadership brings out the greatness already inside others?
John Buchan said, “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”
Consider how we can achieve this:
Believe people have greatness within.
Arrange opportunities to be responsible and accountable.
Allow them to fail.
Provide support when they do.
Create a team atmosphere.
These are just five suggestions, but when applied, they help us truly lead.
One word, but not just any word, especially when it comes to leadership.
What is the objective?
Is the objective clearly defined?
Has the objective been communicated to everyone on the team?
Leaders carry the responsibility to clearly define the role and responsibilities of each individual involved in achieving the objective. They must understand their role and responsibility in order to make decisions connected to the objective.
Without clear communication of responsibilities and expectations, suspicion is created. Motives are called into question. The result is distrust.
It may be one word, but the objective touches the whole of the work.
We all make mistakes. We say and do things we wish we had not, and there are no “easy” or “do-over” buttons. The opportunity to receive another chance depends on how we handle the mistake.
Evaluate every possible solution.
Take appropriate action.
When we approach our mistakes with humility and a decisiveness toward appropriate actions, there is opportunity for one more chance.
Is this not what God has done for us?