The problem with many leaders is that there is a gap between what they want to see happen and what they will do today.
We dream of a radical new future, but then we answer email all day, go to meetings, inhale caffeine and go home before it’s too late with far too much of whatever-we-did-today (what did I do again today?) leftover for a boring repeat tomorrow.
To put this as eloquently as possible, this stinks.
To accomplish a radically new future, you will have to do radically different things.
And this scares the socks off of most of us. After all, risk is for risk-takers, and many of us are not crazy risk-takers.
But what if you could begin to change that starting…today?
The End of the Road for the Timid And Fearful is Not Awesome
Before we get into how to break this pattern of leadership monotony, let’s look at why courage, risk -taking and daring matter in leadership.
It’s simple. If you fail to take risks in your leadership,
Your organization will suffer from few breakthroughs and likely continue a path to decline and irrelevance.
You will likely never leave leadership with any sense of fulfillment or accomplishment.
I completely understand that underneath a lack of courage is often fear.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a fearful person and a lazy person? The writer of Proverbs shows us where that lands, knowing that fear and laziness are cousins. While the motivation is different, the outcome is often indistinguishable.
I’m not saying you should be a reckless crazy person, but you probably need to be more of one than are you presently.
Let’s face it, when over 90% of churches are plateaued or declining, the church is not suffering from an overabundance of courage or risk-taking.
I believe risk taking is both a habit and a mindset. Take a few steps toward tackling small challenges, and soon you’ll be up for big ones.
Similarly, if you’re a natural risk taker, it’s also natural with age to rest on your laurels. Don’t. Even taking risks like the ones below will prime the pump for future change and transformation, which, by the way, is always in season.
After all, the next generation doesn’t care what you did yesterday.
7 Risks Any Leader Can Take Today
So, if you want to flex your risk-muscle for the first time or the 1000th time, here are 7 things you can to today to get started: