The Habit of Keeping Track of the Big Picture


We are talking about habits that we need to develop as leaders, habits that cause us to respond appropriately to surprises or emergencies.  Often these habits are not developed naturally, they come because we practice them over and over

I am suggesting 10 habits that I think are important for leaders to have.  You may be all set in several of these, but, I just want you to think about them.  Maybe there is something you need to tweak a little, a habit that you may want to work on.

Today, let’s talk about habit #5 KEEPING TRACK OF THE BIG PICTURE.

A leader has to be able to rise above the problems and see the big picture, the reason the organization exists, the purpose for what they do, and the people benefiting from the service.  If a leader will work on making this the first consideration, more important than “can we afford it?” or “what will people think?”, the leader will keep his organization on course.

The ability to think big picture will help with the many, insignificant problems that a leader has to face every day. That ability will help with decisions that have to be made and priorities that are set.

If a leader can keep his eye on the big picture, he will lead a straight course to success.  So, how does a leader develop that natural habit?
1. Understand the purpose of your organization.  Why does it exist?  When will you know if you are doing what it was created to do?

2. Understand your own role within the organization. Why are you there?  Are you committed to the same purpose?
If those answers do not line up, you will be a confused and distracted leader.  So, start there and see if you are one with the organizational purpose and goals.

3. Make the first question you ask when a decision is required, “How does this fit with our organizational purpose?” . It will be easy to get distracted with who does what or the cost or the equipment necessary. First, ask the big picture question…do it on everything. (OK…not the lunch menu)

4. Get a picture of the people you serve and put it where everyone can see it. In fact, get several of them. Keep those pictures in front of you.  Think and dream success for those people.

5. Regina Brett, the author of God Never Blinks tells us, “Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn’t looking down at a device in their hands? We’ve become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us.”  

Keep focused on what you have found to be the big picture for the next 21 days.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted with the small stuff.

Next important habit-#6 THINK EFFECTIVE


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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