You’ve probably heard this often around the office, if not subtly under someone’s voice.
One of the biggest challenges we face in releasing young eagles is the ability to let them soar on their own terms, while under the direction of leadership. Leadership can be frustrating, boxing in these eagles with rules and leadership matrixes (there is no single right template for all churches – kind of like web development). Let’s avoid these headaches and help release high-impact leaders that follow your instruction while fitting into these three filters of development.
The baseline of all leadership development is “Are they functioning properly in their current role?”
Current success is future proof. If a leader is killing it in their current role, they will be more likely to kill it in their next role. You know, that whole “he who can be trusted with little can be trusted with much” thing.
Does the leader have the ability to move projects AND people forward to reach a common and agreed upon goal?
If they do, then they will be more likely to see this same success in their next role. One of the most sage pieces of wisdom here I received from one of my mentors Larry Osborne, “You don’t hire for the position, you hire for the role.” The right hire, internal or external, will thrive in their role both vertically and horizontally, because you took the time to understand their current success and are placing them where they can continue to move people and projects forward with more responsibility added.
Is the leader having fun and are they fun to be around?
Fun is the greatest indicator that someone is able to thrive in their current role and in their next role with more responsibility. I would take someone who submits “B” work and is a joy to be around over someone who submits “A” work and is a total tool. You know what? So would the rest of your leadership team.
Are your developing leaders functioning in their current role, pushing themselves, projects, and people forward to reach a common goal, and is everyone having fun in the process? If so, then you are doing an amazing job at preparing and releasing the future. If not, then we’ve got some work to do.