I met with a friend the other day who has chosen to invest in my life – I’m grateful for people like that. We talked a lot about leadership and the church, but the main focus of our conversation focused around developing people, with the intention of forming leaders; leaders who would lead others. I know it’s a concept that’s been a little overemphasized in books and on the blogosphere, but maybe not.
I’m at a place & position right now where my focus is on serving a staff that serves as the leadership of our church. I say ‘serving’ because I honestly believe that in order to be effective, I’ve got to view leading as serving, as doing whatever I can to empower and equip others to lead. There’s some great opportunities & challenges right now in our church for leadership development. And I’m in the process of learning, strategizing, and implementing ideas and structures to take our staff (which is anyone who serves at our church) to the next level – to be more effective at serving those who come to our church, and our community.
I’ll be blogging on some of the strategies and ideas soon, but today I’d love your help. One thing I came away with from this meeting was a challenge to ‘develop on purpose‘, and one way to do that is to have a list of values or tools that I want to be working through when spending time developing someone. Now for me, I know that each person is different and the things that work for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else. But I think knowing in your mind what a leader looks like, the disciplines they should have, the personal skills, etc. are one step in the right direction.
So when you think about developing a leader, what are the values that you would instill in them? Let’s say a list of 5-10 things?
I’ll get started with one: A leader’s attitude says a lot about them, so staying positive in the face of challenges & failures is key to leading others. Being honest about challenges, but looking for solutions rather than dwelling on the failures. This is one that I can struggle with, but it is something that my lead pastor has instilled in me and I’m thankful for that.