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Lead to Next: Leading Your Organization to the Next Level (2)

“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.

You can read the last article here

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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Following God's Leading

What it Means to Follow God’s Leading

Far too many people don’t take following God’s leading in their lives seriously.

When it comes to Christian Living, God’s leading is everything. It helps us get our lives right and to the right end.

In every aspect, God’s leading is the most important thing required for a successful Christian life.

God’s leading determines what’s according to His will for our lives and help determine a glorious outcome.

How many times we could have taken steps and enters into what is capable of ruining our lives except for the help and intervention of God’s leading?

Until we value God, you won’t value His leading. Until you value His leading, you will not know how absolutely everything about your life depends on it.

Every day, we have the best opportunity to live a fulfilled and victorious life if we value the leading of God.

By following God’s leading, we open our lives to His best for us. Exactly. That’s what following God’s leading accomplishes. It qualifies us for God’s best.

Following God’s leading can be costly. It comes with a price. But what we exchange for that price is priceless.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to come across different people who I discovered were negligent about following God’s leading – in their personal lives, marriage, career and ministry. They would not listen to anything God has laid down as regards various aspects of living.

One testimony I have about these people is that they always cut themselves in the leg. I have never seen them lived wonderful, peaceful, victorious and overcoming lives that Christians are ordained to have.

In the other way, I have seen those who have followed God’s leading concerning their lives remain progressive in the life worth living.

You will never experience your best life without following God’s leading.

Refusal to Follow God’s Leading Catches Up With You!

Every time we refuse to follow God’s leading due to any reason or the other, we surrender ourselves to a life of defeat and struggle.

In fact for young people, it is far better to have settled this matter earlier than to be looking for ways to make it up when you reach adulthood stage.

Those who follow God’s leading from their youthful days have set themselves for a great future that no education on this earth can surpass.

Life is full of enormous pressures. Only those who submit themselves to following God’s leading can remain undefeated.

What Does God’s Leading Entails?

  1. Follow After God

Many people don’t understand the principle of following God’s leading. The first matter is to take the position of a follower, not the leader!

Those who follow God’s leading don’t go ahead of God. They follow after Him ( Exodus 13:21).

2. Follow After the Sent One of God

Following God’s leading is about following the One He has Sent and Approved for everyone to follow. Jesus is the Only One who qualifies for this. He was sent and approved by God for our followership. Anyone who follow Jesus is absolutely following God (John 14:6, Revelation 7:17).

3. Follow ONLY God’s Leading

Many people have adulterated the principle of following God’s leading. They don’t allow God alone to lead them. They follow God’s leading when they desire and other things at the same time.

But the principle of following God’s leading is that there must not be strange god with us as we follow God (Deuteronomy 32:12).

4. Follow by Discipline

Only the disciplined Christian will successfully follow God’s leading. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 that only few people respond to the way of God’s leading. Why? The price entails discipline.

5. Follow Willingly

God will never lead the stubborn. He leads only the humble.

When it comes to God’s leading, Jesus takes the identity of the Lamb, not the Lion (Revelation 7:17).

Choose God’s Leading from Today!

Have you been following God’s leading in your life? If you are not, you have been missing out in the best that God has prepared for you.

The Holy Spirit is calling you today.

The Spirit of the Lord and His Word are His basic tools. If you respond to start following His leading from today, it will not just change your life here. It is going to make an eternal positive difference in every aspect of your life.

Help for Your Prayer Life: Learning the Secret of Overcoming Weakness in Prayer

One of the common weaknesses that affect all Christians is our weakness in prayer. None of us can boast about our expertise in prayer. We can only talk about how we have been helped.

When it comes to effectiveness, consistency, results and power through prayer, we must acknowledge our need of help.

Romans 8:26-27 gives us the reality of our infirmities which occurs because of our deficiency in prayer. This deficiency that is caused by our infirmities is the reason we need help.

Prayer is highly and absolutely spiritual. It is in prayer we engage our Heavenly Father Who is a Spirit. Therefore, we cannot just handle our prayer life casually.

When we understand our infirmities and acknowledge our need for His help, our prayer life will be full of His power, presence and glory.

I have discovered that the reason most believers’ prayer lives seems to be dry, empty, void, weak and powerless is the reluctance to acknowledge the necessity of our greatest need.

Those who have accepted their infirmities have not sought the Helper. We cannot receive help for our prayer lives if we fail to either acknowledge or seek after this provided help.

Hebrews 4:16 calls us to approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

Where do we find help for our prayer lives?

We find help by coming to the Throne of Grace. Only those who come to the throne of Grace finds help. When we come to the throne of Grace, we are handed over to the Holy Spirit who executes the operations of prayer.

Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Prayer.

Without the Holy Spirit, we can never have the required prayer life that can connect with God.

Holy Spirit is the Power in Prayer

When we connect with God in the place of prayer by the Holy Spirit, the Power of God is released through the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is the Correct Expression in Prayer

In every conversation, expression speaks volume. Without proper expression, the goal of conversation may be misunderstood. This is what the Holy Spirit does for us. He expresses our prayer in a proper way that meets the real goal of our conversation.

3 Kinds of Infirmities the Holy Spirit Helps in Our Prayer Lives

Just as we know that our infirmities in prayer are helped by the Holy Spirit. We must understand these areas of help and learn to receive it.

  1. Help for Infirmity of Prayer Focus: What We Should Pray For!

We often wander in the place of prayer because we lack the spiritual focus of what to pray about. The infirmity of not knowing what we should pray for as we ought is one of the greatest limitations in prayer.

Can you imagine the power we will be generating in prayer when we know what we should pray for as we ought?

We may have a faintly idea of what we should pray for. But it takes the Holy Spirit to give us the knowledge of the Specific prayer that will solve a specific problem.

2. Infirmity of Prayer Utterance: The Expression We Need in Prayer

Expression is a combination of two important things. The first is Language and the second is Passion. In every expression, both the language and passion must be properly expressed for a conversation to meet its required demand.

We receive help for our prayer lives when we allow the Holy Spirit to fully express Himself in a way that meets the demand of the Father.

3. Infirmity of Prayer Alignment: Praying According to the Will of God

The mind-set is important in every conversation that will achieve its intended results. Each must know another’s mindset in order to communicate accurately.

Help for our prayer lives is needed because the Holy Spirit whom the Father knows and can approve His mindset makes intercession for the Saints according to the will of God.

We receive help for our prayer lives when we allow the Holy Spirit to intercede for us according to the will of God.

Let’s now go after the Holy Spirit for the help required for our Prayer lives. Help in knowing what to pray for, help for the expression we need to connect with God and help for praying according to the will of God.

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Lead to Next: Taking Your Organization to the Next Level

 

The value of the end of your leadership is determined by the value that starts it.
I studied Computer Science and graduated with the hope that one day, I would be fully functioning in the field of CS.

But, I realized later that God took me through the course in order to function fully in the field of Leadership Art and Science, by the application of certain knowledge of CS.

One of the most important assignments of a leader is to lead an organization or the team to the next level.

A good leader is not expected to leave an organization as he met it or even worse.

Leaders are called to Lead to Next.

In Computer Science, there is a Basic Programming Course that has Control Structures called ‘FOR…NEXT.’

The FOR…NEXT syntax gives a variable starting value and ending value, with its increment on each pass of the process.

This basic process simply focus on a single task under a flow of control before moving to next counter.

FOR…NEXT is not only required in basic computer programming. It is a leadership syntax required for leading any organization or ministry to her next.

The question that is common whenever leaders finish a task or accomplish something worthwhile is what next?

Leadership structure requires understanding two important things.

1.  What For?

2. What Next?

If you lead an organization, success begins with WHAT FOR?

This simple understanding in leadership determines the starting value and ending value.

Every successful leader knows this basic syntax. The value of the end of your leadership is determined by the value that starts it.

For instance, every decision requires a starting value and ending value.

If the ending value is not greater than the starting value, it may affect what is needed to move up to the next.

So many organizations are stagnant because the variable values are not established in a way that what starts will end or end well, in order to be positioned for the next.

Leaders are responsible for this important process and how they respond to this determines the kind of leaders they become and how far they can take the organizations they lead.

We will consider the value required to take your organization to the next by next week.

Please note that MAKE THE LEADER Articles and Podcasts are released every Monday. The mission is to Make Leaders Who Make Other Leaders.

Article Originally Written and Published by Benjamin Suulola

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Make the Right Move

New Anointing requires making the right move.

Anointing is for movement. The new anointing is for right movement.

When you are anointed or just received the new anointing, you must begin to make the right move that will put the anointing to work in your life.

Some years ago, I had an encounter with a new anointing of the Spirit.

When this encounter took place, the Lord said to me that I have just entered into the new operation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

You can’t imagine how greatly I rejoiced and appreciated the Lord. It was a turning point for me in ministry and I so much took it with utmost confidence.

But after some time, I couldn’t see the practical dimension of what the Lord said I have been newly given.

Having sought the Lord on this matter, He spoke to me one day and said, “The anointing is there, but you have not put it to work.”

This very day, I learnt one of the biggest lessons in my walk with God that, it is God’s responsibility to anoint but it is my own responsibility to put the anointing to work.

In Acts 10:38, we are showed the response of Jesus to anointing and how we are expected to walk in it.

Jesus Made the Right Move because of the New Anointing!

Anointing is for action! New Anointing should lead to New Action!

I love the way the Message Bible renders Acts 10:38. He says, “Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action…”

It is the anointing that gets us ready for action. Supernatural action!

Every action without the anointing will be full of contractions. Also, anointing without right action will soon lead to confusion.

But anointing with right action always unlock supernatural expansion.

This is what I see taking place in our lives, families and ministries as we make the right moves for God from now.

I can see the Lord bringing down walls of limitations and barriers.

You are breaking forth from every side! The Breaker anointing is paving way for you to fulfil the mandate of God upon your life.

This is the time to make the right move. Don’t hold back. The new anointing will do the work. You will not be limited again.

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Let us ask the Lord for the obedience of right action that will put His anointing to work in our lives.

#QuoteForLeaders📕
“Anointing is for movement. The new anointing is for right movement!”

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1 Corinthians 2:9, Deuteronomy 29:29, John  5:19, 16:15, Acts 10:38, Micah 2:13