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Like simplifying things. I am a black and white thinker. I am under no illusion that this type of thought process does not serve me well all of the time; however, it does make things much simpler, at least for me. I do understand that it can create challenges for those who are not black and white thinkers; but with a healthy team dynamic, those challenges are met and dealt with in a spirit of cooperation.

With this idea of simplification, I want to share with you three critical functions of a leader which help him to achieve great goals and develop self-confidence.

Some would say that these three things are key truths that every leader must know. Are you ready? It’s deep. Okay, not too deep. Here we go…

Every leader must know what to do next; why that is important, and what resources will be needed to make it happen. Let’s expound.

1. What to do next.

Discovering what to do next equals establishing goals that relate to your ministry’s or organization’s vision and overall strategy.

Discovering what to do next requires a clear understanding of why your ministry or organization exists. In many ministries and not-for-profit organizations, there is a shotgun approach to what to do next. One of the worst things that can happen to an organization is when something is done because someone said, “Hey that’s a great idea.”

The idea may be great, but is the idea consistent with our vision and overall strategy? Is it necessarily related to our purpose?

There has been much written and stated on setting goals, and I certainly have nothing to add, but I will offer suggestions because everyone else does.

As a leader, you must set specific goals, establish measurements of those goals, and develop a systematic plan to achieve those goals.

2- Why that is important.

This has to do with strategy, vision, and mission. A leader must know how this connects to the vision, fulfills the mission, and lives out the core values.

If a clear connection cannot be made to the vision, mission, and values, then it will be counter-productive to the organizations “reason for being”.

The above criteria will determine the real importance of what is to be done next and eliminate ideas and projects that will un-necessarily expend energy and resources.

3- What resources are needed?

By “resources”, I mean human and otherwise.

I have gotten involved in projects (usually the “Hey that’s a great idea” ones) where resources were not projected beforehand or not enough time and effort went into anticipating necessary and possible expenditures.

The result is usually the painful realization that the project was over budget financially – and humanly, as well.

This is based on the strategy developed to achieve the goals set in answering what to do next.

You will not be able to foresee every possible expenditure, but utilizing your team and brainstorming together will bring out a great percentage of the contingencies possible.

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