Saying No as a Leader

Yes or no buttons

 

Leader…

Gain the courage to say no…

You need that ability…

It will save you future headaches and heartaches. It will protect your family. It will protect your leadership. It will protect your time to do what you were called to do as a leader. It will help you be more effective.

I believe in empowering people. I believe in helping people as much as I can. I believe in saying yes, whenever I can.

But…

  • If you know it is not going to work…
  • If you know you can’t support it…
  • If you know the answer is no…
  • If you know you don’t have the time…
  • If you know it’s a distraction from the vision…
  • If you know, deep in your leader gut, that the best answer is no…

Say no…

If you’re going to say it eventually anyway…

Say it now.

  • Don’t lead people on
  • Don’t try to appease them.

That’s what leaders do.

Do you have trouble with no?

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11 thoughts on “Saying No as a Leader

  1. Love this topic……because it's so difficult BUT necessary. It's an art. Being able to say NO to many 'good' things so that we can say YES to a few 'better' things! Awesome post. Pastors…..let's agree to do this together.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Ron.

    I agree that leaders must have the courage to say "no." However, I am surprised how hard it is to say no. As leaders we often want to serve and help others, thus new opportunities to perform and do work are ways we can help more people. However, we must learn to say no to the less important things so we can say yes to the most important things.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is an essential basic to successful leadership. It also assures criticism, resentment, and the lonely road. But, remember the vision. Remember your calling. Be courageous.