#1) Understand the Role of the Leader


The Seven Goals of Success

First goal:  Understand the role of the leader.

You have now discovered that you have some leadership skills, or have been given a leadership position and are either flattered, excited or scared to death.  Leadership is a wonderful gift because it gives you an opportunity to make a significant contribution to an organization, a committee, a team or a project.  Let me remind you of three important things to remember as you respond to the opportunity:

#1)  The responsibility stops at your desk.  You, as the leader, cannot blame others for failure to carry out your responsibilities.  You cannot give excuses either.  If you accept the title of being the leader, then you must accept the responsibility that comes with the title.

#2)  If you succeed, you probably had help, so recognize the work of others regardless of how small it was.  In fact, even if you don’t receive the proper recognition yourself, you must give credit to those who contributed to the success of the task.  Learn to celebrate the smallest success on a large-scale.  Be a thankful leader.

#3)  You cannot take the time to bask in victory or pout in defeat.  You cannot sit still and hope never to have to change anything.  You must keep looking forward to face new opportunities and new challenges.  They will always be there.  Be a leader who anticipates rather than a leader who is dragged or pushed along.

Your leadership will rise or fall on your understanding and acceptance of your role.  Leadership can be a very lonely assignment, full of excitement and/or frustration, depending on the day.  Leaders work with people, money and time limits… all three can be discouraging or encouraging.  Make it your goal to be a strong, positive leader who understands the role.

*This is the first of seven posts talking about success.  Be sure to read the next 6 goals!   Leadon Esource


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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