“Momentum is really a leader’s best friend. Sometimes it’s the only difference between winning and losing.” –John Maxwell
I know I’ve used this quote previously, but it really is true. Momentum is a powerful force that, when multiplied by God, creates unstoppable movement forward. Leaders who create momentum are deciders. They know whether to say yes or no when the go point is reached. When it’s time to get off the fence and when actions or lack of actions determine momentum, the leader’s decisions must be decisive.
Decisions can affect momentum both negatively and positively. They can be negative influences when they are put off for too long. They can be positive influences when they align with the vision. All leaders need to learn the skill of making wise decisions.
Leaders who kill momentum by keeping the moment of decision at arm’s length are characterized by the following.
• No desire to make hard decisions
• Putting off gathering more data and talking to more people
• Refusal to think about the decision
• Fret over who the decision might offend
• Worry about the resources needed to pull off the decision
An even more negative effect happens when leaders make a decision and then make changes after they have committed to a course of action. People will not know which vision to follow.
Leaders who build momentum by making the right decision do these things.
• Gather data and facts from all the angles
• Act quickly, timely and with the best information
• Follow a process for making decisions
• Don’t let the decision get lost in the process
• Listen to intuition as well as godly counsel
If a decision turns out to be the wrong one, a good leader accepts the reality of consequences and moves ahead by adjusting to the circumstances. Let’s be leaders who make wise decisions!
This article was provided by our partner, Frank Damazio, Pastor of City Bible Church and the Chairman of Ministers Fellowship International, a fellowship of thousands of churches nationwide and around the world.
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