Hello everyone! I’ve been told that President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The Buck Stops Here.” In other words, good leaders never try to pass their responsibility of oversight on to anyone else. Whether we are referring to leadership in the home, career field, community, organization, and/or the church, the Burden of Leadership says, “My decisions GOOD or BAD impact those I lead.” So today, I want to share three decision making guidelines for leaders.

1. Does this decision have the potential of making me look bad? Simply put, would I be embarrassed if my decisions were made public? Transparency is a big part of the Burden of Leadership. I truly believe that if you have to hide it, you probably shouldn’t do it. The Bible says it best in Proverbs 10:9, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Good leaders do everything they can to make sure their public and private lives match up.

2. Will this decision enhance my life? Every decision we make is not just a matter of right or wrong. Sometimes, it is choosing the difference between good and best. Sometimes, it is deciding between the important and the trivial. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 10:23, “I have the right to do anything, you say but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything but not everything is constructive.” The question in the mind of a good leader is not if something is right or wrong, but rather is t what’s best?

3. Will my decisions negatively impact others? The Burden of Leadership says you cannot make decisions that just benefit you. A good leader thinks about how their decisions will impact everyone they have authority and/or influence over. A parent has to think about their children. A CEO has to think about their employees. A pastor has to think about the congregation. The Bible says it this way in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others.”

Good leaders always make the needs of those they serve a top priority. Yes, your decisions GOOD or BAD impact those you lead. Before you make another decision, ask yourself the following three questions. Does this decision have the potential of making me look bad? Will this decision enhance my life? Will my decision negatively impact others? I leave you with the sobering words found in James 3:1, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”