Lead Like You're Leaving

Think about this: Every leader is an interim leader. You are an interim leader. You are already on your way out. You may not realize it, but you’re just a band-aid until the next leader gets here. You are leaving. Why, you ask? First of all, because you’re not going to live forever. You are mortal. If death doesn’t get you while you’re here, you’re still leaving at some point. You will retire or you will quit and go somewhere else.

Leaders leave their organizations under one of only two conditions:

  1.  When EVERYONE wants them to leave
  2. When NO ONE wants them to leave.

 Those are our only two options. Which will you choose? Even if you’re assuming a new post of leadership, let me give you some advice. You’re leaving. So art leading…like you’re leaving!

All of this sounds somewhat morbid and depressing, doesn’t it? Oh, it’s not as bad as it seems. Leading like you are leaving has so many advantages.

 When we lead like we’re leaving:  

  • We won’t build the organization around our personality.
  • We will build the organization more around a mission than a man or woman. That’s a good thing.
  • We won’t become the decision bottleneck.
  • We will be a developer not a do-er.
  • We give our organization its greatest shot to outlive us.

But wait, here’s the better news: while we’re here, God has some specific things He does want to accomplish in and through us. We are here for a purpose. We are here to impact the next generation of leaders. We are here to impact eternity. We are here to build His Kingdom not our Kingdom. We are here to leave this organization better than we found it.

So go…lead…like you’re leaving!