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Caution Versus Fear

January 14, 2015

We all know leaders must take risks. Somewhere, it must be included in the definition of a leader.

Leaders take people places they did not think they could go. Together we are able to accomplish more than we would on our own.

Recently, I heard pastor and author, Mark Batterson, express this sentiment by saying, “In leadership, you are only as good as your last risk.”

Some leaders are natural risk takers. While still agreeing with this quote, I am not a personality which loves the unknown. I know I am not alone as a leader who is somewhat risk-adverse. There are many leaders who naturally lean to caution over risk. In many leadership circles, this could be perceived as a bad character trait.

The Bible describes a healthy caution in many ways.

Words like discretion, prudence, and temperance promote this. Admonitions to “Give heed”, “Pay Attention”, and “Stay Alert” promote godly caution.

You’ve cast the visioninstilled the values, spent hours of  time guiding and training your team. You are ready to soar!

Then……

  • A key player falls sick and enters the hospital.
  • The exciting events of marriages and pregnancies are causes for celebration yet create waves of change in a family or organization.
  • In missions it could be the denial of a visa or the lack of finances.

CHANGE.

Change creates instability and insecurity.

Yet it is inevitable.

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Life changes, people and personnel move on; situations happen.

The need to build a team culture and move people towards a goal never ends, it just changes.

Even within the framework of a family, there are seasons. You might have a rallying cry for a short time only to realize the needs of your family are changing. Adjustment then needs to occur.

Here is the interesting part.

Without a vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) This verse is often quoted as inspiration to have faith or to dream. But, do people really die without one?

As we explore building a team culture through our series called “United We Move“, the first step in our journey is vision.

Vision is essential to moving a group forward. This is common sense. You cannot move a group somewhere unless you know where you are going. On this journey, there a few common mistakes which we make in the area of vision.

Mistake #1. Too Small

The vision needs to be big enough to inspire people to dream. If there is no difficulty in obtaining the vision, it is too small. A vision bigger than yourself or the others involved is what you are after. There should be risk involved as well as the potential to fail. This is the part that requires faith. If no faith is required, you do not have a vision, you have a project.

Today on NoSuperHeroes, we begin a series on building a team called “United We Move”.  The tools we explore will help leaders in a variety of settings to rally people toward a common goal.

These principles can impact people in the following variety of  settings:
Churches
Leadership Boards
Families
Small Groups
Missions Organizations
Newly Married Couples
Youth Group Fundraisers
Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)
Church Planters
and more

Let me begin with a story of the journey I am currently apart of.

We moved to South Africa in 2006 and inherited a program which had seen success in the past. Over the last few years, numbers were and influence was waning. The team was in a leadership transition when the director stepped out for health reasons. I stepped into leadership with a team comprising one full-time workers coupled with a part-timer. The atmosphere was one of survival, and it reflected in their prayers.