Leadership and healthy personal finances

Leadership and Finances

Get a Grip on your Money

I once had the opportunity to watch Dave Ramsey speak.  He is a financial leader, host of a popular national radio program and a best selling author.  He shared some basic principles at a seminar designed for business people and he hit a huge home run.  I realized while watching him speak, that although his principles were basic, they were desperately needed among the leaders he spoke to.  I am sure they are needed for you as well.

Here are the five basic principles he shared:

1)  Live on less than you make
Keeping up with the Joneses is a popular term but can still be applied in our lives.  Whether it is your personal finances or even your business or organization, we are often guilty of spending more then we have.  Cars, boats, clothes, office furniture, expenditures and the list goes on and on.  It comes down to our desire to look like we have more then we really have.  Learn to live on less in your business, church, organization and your personal life.  If you are a leader you must do this by example. Furthermore, if you are a leader you must teach this to your team.  The less stress they have about money, the more effective they will be.

2)  Save money
A survey done by Parade magazine indicated that the average person in America has less than $100 saved.  That is horrible!  Here are some realities that you need to face.  It is going to rain.  There are going to be bumps in the road.  Your business will have ups and downs as well as your personal life.  Saving for a rainy day is an old traditional saying but it still applies.  As a leader, model discipline through your savings.

3)  Get out of debt
7 out of every 10 Americans live check to check, because they have created such large debt.  Imagine what you could do if you had no debt.  Imagine what your organization could accomplish if it had no debt.  Start tackling your debt one at a time.  Start with the small ones and work your way up.  Getting out of debt and staying out of debt gives you great leverage as a leader to speak about self-discipline.  On the other side when you are in debt, your words of self control are quicker to fall on deaf ears.

4)  Develop a written cash flow plan
We have now reached the dreaded B-word, the BUDGET.  I love what John Maxwell says about budgeting “A budget is people telling their money where to go instead of wondering where it went.”  Get help if you need it but make a plan and know where the money is going.

5)  Give
You can only do three things with money:  Spend, Save and Give.  Be a model of great leadership by becoming a giver.  Give from your organization and give from your own personal finances. There is a powerful lesson in life that when you give it will be given back to you.  Learn to be a giver.  Find the joy in giving to people, organizations and churches.  You will never go wrong when you develop generosity in your life.

The hardest person to lead is you, and the hardest area for many is our finances.  START NOW by getting a grip on your money.  Help those in your organization to get a grip on their money as well.  Maintaining healthy finances is a great step toward leading yourself.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“What does it take to succeed on a big scale?  A tremendous God given talent?
Inherited wealth?  A decade of postgraduate education?  Connections?
Fortunately for most of us, what it takes is something very simple and accessible;
clear written goals.”
– Brian Tracy
Author and Speaker


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on February 22, 2010, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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