“Keep Stretching to the Next Level.”
In the last article, we emphasized the need for leaders who will lead their organizations or team to the next level to first learn how to first answer one of the most important questions that I called ‘What For?’
No matter the level I lead, I have learnt to ask myself the What For question. What am I here for? What is the organization created for? What For is very important in helping a leader lead to next level.
So many organizations and ministries have lost direction, momentum, purpose and impact because the What For question is no longer the driving factor.
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But after the question of What For is properly addressed, the next important question is What Next?
The What Next question will be determined by the values that guides the What For of the organization.
Your impact as a leader in an organization is determined by your diligence and commitment in taking the organization to the next level based on what the organization stands for.
Sometimes, leaders measure progress wrongly. Whenever we measure our progress based on anything different from our values, vision and mission, we have really not made progress.
The Next Level of your organization will be different from the next level of another organization.
For instance, if you run educational service the next level of your Education Centre may be quality education. When it looks as if you don’t have number of students like other institutions that focus on quantity, you are not underperforming.
The common mistake most organizations make is not focusing on what defines their own next level.
Success in leadership cannot be measured through the performance or speed of others. Your success is found in how well you are accomplishing the reason why you or your organization exists.
Let me share the Values Required to Lead Your Organization to the Next Level.
1 Maximized Purpose
You cannot be a leader who lead to next if you don’t maximize your purpose at the present stage you are. Many times we desire the next when we have not fully utilized the present. Leading to the next level requires that you have diligently maximized your purpose in your present level.
2. Next Level Thinking
It is easy to be limited and get trapped in your thinking except you deliberately become a person with next level thinking. I have discovered that leadership requires high level of thinking or leveraging on high level of other people’s thinking.
One of the Scriptures I have carried inside me over the years in my leadership journey is Isaiah 55:9 where God says “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
There is an important leadership lesson. God does not Think at Our Level. He thinks at His level.
Every leader must think like a leader.
Your impact as a leader cannot be greater than the level of your thinking.
“Creating the next level of results requires the next level of thinking” – Rory Vaden
3. Ability to End Things
Many of us struggle with next level because we have not learnt the discipline of ending things. We start reading a book and stop without ending it. We enter into relationships that can positively transform our lives and suddenly quit without allowing the fullness of time to birth the purpose of the relationship. We start a discipline and stop half way because we lack the value that end things.
If we must become leaders who lead to next, we must develop the ability to end things completely and correctly.
Henry Cloud once said, “Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them.”
4. Initiative Drive
One of the values that leaders who lead to the next have is initiative to drive things. Leaders must be self starters. We must always pray, research, think about what we can do to move to the next level. But whatever the level of our prayer, thinking or planning is, we need the initiative drive to take the first step and another and another.
Great Leaders are known by their initiative drive to take steps towards the next level.
5. Separation Power
There is a need to separate from certain things, places or people if we really want to go to the next level. We need separation power. The power to let some people, habits, lifestyles and attitudes go so that we can go to the next level.
These values have proved to be indispensable for leaders who will take themselves or their organizations to the next level.
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