I’m at the Chick-fil-A headquarters today with Mac Lake and several ministry leaders talking about leadership development. Most churches do not have a clear leadership development strategy. Unfortunately, leadership development doesn’t just happen. People do not randomly advance up the leadership pipeline, it requires intentionality.
Mac shared 9 principles that will help leaders create a culture of leadership development.
- Build culture not leaders. The reason most churches have a leadership deficiency today is because they fail to build a culture of development yesterday.
- Model leadership development from the executive level. The values of the leader become the values of the organization. Leadership development flows down not up.
- State clear expectations for every staff leader. Your team should know that they are expected to develop leaders.
- Eliminate excuses. If you think you don’t have time to develop leaders then delegate some of your responsibilities. Being busy is a golden opportunity for leadership development. If you don’t know how to develop leaders then learn. If you think you have enough leaders then realize that this is a selfish mindset that will always hinder growth. If you think no one is ready to be developed remember that Jesus searched for people who were willing.
- Align the language and levels of your leadership pipeline. This helps everyone see their next steps, clarifies your system for development, creates a pathway for growth and diagnoses where and why the pipeline is clogged.
- Build a structure that enhances relational leadership development. Your leadership development will have greater impact when your leaders realize that you are emotionally invested in them.
- Develop for vision not for need. Only filling needs is short-sighted leadership. This mindset leads to a revolving door of leaders.
- Align your system to synergize time, energy and resources. Stop operating in ministry silos.
- Define your leadership development strategy and implement it into your system. Stop just talking about leadership development. Be intentional and take action because it “doesn’t just happen.”