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Advice to Leaders: Leave Before You Have To Leave

Leader, do yourself and the organization you love a favor. Leave before you have to leave.

I’ve learned watching people in organizations over the years. I’ve seen it in government, business, and, sadly, far too often in the church.

Some people stay too long.

Does this sound cruel? I don’t mean it to, but they do. They stay beyond their welcome. Beyond their usefulness. Beyond their ability to make a positive impact.

So, I have some advice.

Leave before you have to leave.

  • When you are tired of the vision
  • If you can’t support the leadership
  • When you have no heart left to give the organization
  • If you consistently struggle to stay motivated
  • When you are pulled towards something else

Certainly, if you feel God is freeing you to move elsewhere

Leave before you have to leave.

Don’t be forced out because you’re too stubborn, scared, or have a false sense of loyalty. You’ll do more harm to your reputation, your attitude and the organization during the miserable days.

And it may be you need a rest – a sabbatical – but the point of this post is to do the right thing – for you and the organization. Never stay for a paycheck, or a false sense of loyalty, or because you’re afraid to walk again by faith.

Do the right thing.

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Ron Edmondson

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