Leadership is not for everyone. Leaders are not born, they are made. Therefore, leadership is an acquired skill that can be learned and improved upon. As leaders, we are then compelled to look at our past experiences and present circumstances to better plan our future endeavors. We want to be certain that we produce good and meaningful results for the advancement of the church and, ultimately, to glorify God. For that reason, it is important for Church leadership to further develop working principles that will allow us to achieve our goals in a timely and effective manner.
I want to share a process that I believe would help all areas and departments of Theophile’s Organization to lead more efficiently. These core principles will create workable structures that will provide better tools for decision making, and help in achieving our goals. This simple 5 step process comes from CEO-Founder of Bridgewater, Ray Dalio, who manages the biggest hedge fund firm in the world. Here are the five steps:
- Have clear goals
Clear goals allow leaders to prioritize what they want to achieve. Written goals are even better because it helps to visualize the result. Goals create a sense of self-accountability which creates great expectations which in turn creates great proficiency.
- Identify problems
In everything we do, we will encounter problems. Problems are very painful, and problems should be expected – that is why a lot of goals are never achieved. Therefore, we should identify the obstacles and find a way to conquer them.
- Diagnose the problems
When we identify a problem, we need to find the root cause of the problem. Only by eliminating the root cause are we positioning ourselves as an organization to conquer the obstacles and move closer to our goal.
- Design a plan
There are typically many paths toward achieving your goals, and you need to find only one of them that works, so it’s almost always doable. The key is not finding all the solutions, but becoming aware of one solution that will work, then take decisive action behind it.
- Implement the plan
A plan that is not implemented ruins goals. Therefore, each milestone, every task that is successfully completed gives more strength and determination to the overall goal. So, implementation is then vital to the vision.
In conclusion, this becomes a conversation not about leadership, but rather the necessary foundational components of “good organization,” through healthy leadership habits. These very simple steps create the successful infrastructure that well defines our vision, increases productivity, analyzes issues and addresses roadblocks, all the while energizing cooperation and results.
By: Jeff Joseph