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Leadership Essentials: Who We Really Serve

Submitted by James Higginbotham on June 14, 2010 – 4:21 amNo Comment

As leaders, we often think we know who we serve. If you lead volunteers at a church, you serve God, your local church, and your community. If you distribute food to the elderly, you serve the needs of the elderly in your community. However, that isn’t always the case. Over time, your decisions as a leader determine who you really serve – perhaps something or someone different than you thought.

With the recent downturn in the economy, many non-profits are finding it difficult to sustain their operations.
Churches are being forced to live week-to-week with the stress of paying the mortgage for their buildings that just a few years ago were new and exciting. Staff are being laid off that were only recently hired. Food stores that were previously full are now bare and not being replenished fast enough. While we can blame these problems on the economic downturn, we must look deeper at the reasons why many of us are in this situation and learn to lead our way out of it.

We need to evaluate our decisions truthfully and in light of the lean times. We must ensure that we fully understand the cost of our decisions today and the impact to those we serve should resource stream disappear tomorrow. Once we do that, we can be sure that we are serving the right thing and that things like buildings, new programs, and new technology become tools rather than burdens.

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