Leadership: The first Key to Success in Orphan Care
Many people who want to start an orphanage or care for orphans rarely think about leadership. But the truth is that without wise leadership, your orphan care program or orphanage will certainly fail. Guaranteed! Excellent leadership is the first thing you need. Your organization will only grow as far as your leadership will take it. Most orphanages either close down or remain very small. It doesn’t matter if God explicitly told you to start the organization or not. If God did, he will expect you to get the leadership training you need to accomplish the task.
The grave mistake that many of us make is that we think that we naturally have the leadership skills that are required. Because of that, we make no effort to learn leadership, to read books, listen to tapes about it or to associate ourselves with wise leaders from whom we can learn. Leadership expert, speaker, and best selling author of over 20 million leadership books, John Maxwell, has said that “Everything rises and falls on leadership“. That is a fact! Your orphanage or other nonprofit, your business, your family, your marriage, your kids, everything!
It is good to learn from our mistakes. But it is better to learn from the mistakes of others so that we don’t fall into the same pit to learn. Many people on the journey of starting and running their own orphanages or other organizations have fallen into the deep pit of lack of leadership and broken their two legs. Thousands of them lay buried in the graveyard of failed orphanages and nonprofits. A lot of them have healed and can walk and dance again. Why not learn from them? Must we also fall into the same pit and have our own legs broken to learn the lesson? Think about the pain involved. The risk of remaining in the pit for years or dieing altogether. Spare yourself the pain by learning leadership.