I have always thought that a Christian leader will thrive to the degree that he or she remembers that the goal is not success, but faithfulness. We can consult and strategize and implement all we want. God certainly asks us to be wise and discerning. But ultimately, our plans are subsidiary to the Lord’s, and the more we remain conscious of that, the more open we will be to his direction. So I believe that placing faithfulness above any notion of success keeps us focused on the right things, takes an enormous burden off the leader’s shoulders, and allows others to make their unique contribution.