Rev. E. Anderson
WHAT IT TAKES TO SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM
Taken from John Maxwell’s Leadership Bibl
1 Kings 2: 1-10
How does a winning team keep winning? What makes it possible for an organization to keep the momentum going. The answer is not what, but who. It takes a leader to sustain to sustain momentum, a leader- who possesses, . . .
1/. A WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ORGANIZATION’S MOMENTUM
Most leaders happily accept responsibility so long as an organisation succeeds, but hedge when the organisation starts to slip. Yet momentum – positive, negative, or non- existent – is always the leader’s responsibility. Olan Hendrix, C.E.O. of the Leadership Resource Group, maintains that after you’ve led an organization for three years, every problem is your problem.
2/. A WLLINGNESS TO DIRECT MOMENTUM INSTEAD OF LETTING IT DIRECT HIM
Momentum always has a direction Most people in an organization have lttle impact on its momentum; it simply carries them But leaders ingot words cannot afford to surf momentum, they must steer lt Before Solomon became king, an outstanding military leader, David, created the nation’s momentum. Yet Solomon never led an army; his goals weren’t military in nature. He gave most of his attention to trade and construction -|and that meant he had to change the direction of the nation’s momentum.
3/. WILLINGNESS TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC AT ALL TIMES.
Remain positive! Some personality types find it easy to remain enthusiastic; others don’t. Reflect on the following secrets to keeping leadership positive all the time.
4/. THE WORK I’M DOING IS MOST IMPORTANT
Make sure your vision, your mission, and your actions all line up. It’s easy to stay excited when what you are doing really matters
5/. THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH ARE THE BEST.
Place a high value on everyone you work with. Expect the best of them, and they’ll give their best.
6/. THE RESULTS WILL BE POSITIVE.
For the most part, you get what you expect. Only occasionally will you be surprised – but even then, you’ll just as often be surprised – by better results as by worse ones.
Have you ever met a leader with a chronically negative attitude who was able to continually sustain positive momentum? Probably not.
No leader can ignore the impact of momentum If you’ve got it, you and your people will be able to accomplish things you never thought possible lf you don’t, the smallest tasks will seem difficult. As the leader, you must make the choice to have it.