7 Leadership Benefits of Saying "No"

The more experience I get in life, the more I learn the importance of personal development. And one of the most important aspects of personal development I have learned is the unique and rare skill of being able to say “No.”

In fact, learning to say no may be the most important personal, professional, or leadership development tool one can have.

We have lots of opportunities to say yes. The old saying, whether it’s doctrinally true or not, is fully practically true. “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” I’ve seen throughout my life, especially with my personality wiring for achievement, that if I’m not careful I will say yes to things God has never planned for me to do, and often, I’m not capable or the best person to do them.

Does that ever happen to you?

Saying no, as hard as it is for some of us, comes with great reward:

1. Saying no is the power to help resist temptation…

2. Saying no keeps you from the stress of overcommitting…

3. Saying no protects family life…

4. Saying no provides adequate time for what matters most…

5. Saying no preserves energy levels for prioritized work…

6. Saying no allows others opportunities they wouldn’t have if you always say yes…

7. Saying no permits you to control your schedule for an ultimate good…

The value of learning when to say no, and actually practicing it, is immeasurable. 

I highly encourage learning the power of “No.”

In what area of your life do you most need to personally develop in your ability to say no?

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.