For years, I served as a pastor of a church in the Boston area. Not rocket science here, but in my position, I continually realized that the health and potential of our church depended upon our ability to raise up new and passionate leaders.
Other leaders who saw themselves as mission critical to what WE were doing together.
Not "Jeff's church" OUR CHURCH.
Problem: Very little of what I did day-to-day, the main services I led and little in my own formal training equipped me to do the very thing I knew was most important. Raise up and develop new, passionate leaders.
Instead, the pace of "work" had me constantly conscious that I had to constantly "recruit" people to "do things." There were 100+ roles that needed to be done and tasks that needed to be accomplished. AND I was always glad when people stepped up, volunteered, and did what needed to be done.
That was leadership development, right?? Or wasn't it?
Wasn't I too busy for that? Who has time to develop others?? False. Sad. And a lie.
I could look over my past life and easily recognize that the people who most influenced me, challenged me and became my heroes were... my sports coaches.
A great coach knows that for the team to succeed... each player must be fully developed. Motivated. In the right position. Doing what they do best. Caring about the outcomes with all that's inside of them. It was never just the coach's team. IT WAS OUR TEAM!
Hmmm... does that relate to leadership development? Yes, if...
We actually want do the people who work for us, around us or with us to "get from here to there?" (become leaders that go beyond even us!)
We want them to become the people they are meant to be?
We want them to do the things they're meant to succeed at doing?
Wouldn't that ultimately build the kinds of organizations, companies and churches that would thrive? Prevail? The kinds that we, ourselves, would want to work for and with?
So, the fact that you've read this far likely means you care about developing people... building into new leaders.
Here are 5 ways you can and other leaders you work with can act as coach/leader developer utilizing coaching skills.
This is really, really, really hard to do for type A leaders. It means even setting aside the "pressing" and "urgent" agendas to JUST invest in their growth.
This requires your faith to believe that by fully attending to THEM and where they need to go, your organization will ultimately do much, much better.
Put it on your calendar and invite them to have it on theirs.
It's incredible to me how many work for companies, non-profits and even churches where the people they work with every day don't know about their story! That's just plain wrong.
What does that have to do with your business or mission? It actually has everything to do with it if you want to build an organization people LOVE working for.
I actually volunteered weekly for an organization for almost three years and almost no one ever knew I had led a church or been a pastor for 15 years. WHY? It was almost always about the "doing." And when my "term was up," I went elsewhere. Wouldn't you?
A good coach knows where the person they're coaching has come from. Listen for the main themes in their story. It really, really does shape them and shape the leaders they are and the leaders they become.
FUTURE: If you were to fully succeed and live in your skin, what would that look like? (their dream scenario)
And what if their calling has nothing to do with what you're business, church, mission etc..?
Then, either what they're doing with or for you their tent-making for their real calling.
OR you need to adapt what you're doing to help them do more of what they really feel called to.
OR they need an exit strategy to go do what they need to be doing elsewhere. AND this means you'll have room and opening for others who really are called to be on mission with you. Again, faith!
Don't think much more need be said about this other than, "Isn't this what you would want someone to do for you?"
So, you've never held a "session" like this an no boss, manager or leader ever did it for you.... Soooooo....
Print this and take it with you as an outline.
Get a coach for yourself. If you don't have one, hire one! (good ones are worth their weight in gold!)
And - Do this and you will live. And they will live. And, SO WILL YOUR COMPANY, ORGANIZATION OR CHURCH. Longer than you may have even thought possible!
Please share feedback and stories of how it goes.
Also- some awesome and leading organizations hire coaches to do just this for ALL those who work for them. Great book on the topic: The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly.
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