[vimeo id="95748433"] Mark Sanborn has some great leadership insights. I love reading his blog from time to time. I came across one of his posts that I thought was excellent because he tackles some of the issues that leaders forget to address, and when they do, they see serious issues surface. It reminded me of the importance of thinking and planning ahead. Here are a few of the points he made.
First, grow a replacement. This is true for CEOs as well as those who are trying to work their way up the ladder. Unless you’re training someone to replace you, it’s likely that you will not see a promotion. As the president, CEO or lead pastor of an organization, it is absolutely crucial to create a succession plan which will help you find the right replacement when the time comes for you to step down. This is a serious issue as too many leaders neglect it and eventually allow their organization’s future to hang in the balance. Don’t let that happen and start planning now.
Second, stay relevant. Keeping up with the times doesn’t mean that we compromise the mission and message of the organization or movement. It simply means that you update the method by which you communicate the message or serve your customers. Often, organizations struggle with modernizing, but the results of the struggle are definitely worth the work that you put into it. The people you serve in your organization will certainly sense a positive difference in the way you handle business.
Third, change before it’s necessary. This point is a bit of an underlying theme for the previous two points. The reality is that change is a constant factor in our world. Whether in business or ministry – periodic change is necessary. It is not just because we need to stay relevant, but because the benefits of change give you success in terms of competition. In other words, you’re staying ahead of the curve. If we don’t keep up with the times before it’s necessary, or too late, we run the risk of dying. So build change into your culture as an organization. Cultivate forward thinking people to run the different areas and departments.
So don’t get caught in a tough spot in your leadership. Do what needs to be done – today.
Thanks for reading my blog today and I’d like to ask, what point would you add to this list and why? I would love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to respond on my blog.