A Powerful Leadership Development Tool

January 23, 2012

Good morning – weird weather here in SW Michigan – early in the morning and already in the 40’s and the snow is melting rapidly.

Leadership development is critical to an organization’s health and longevity.  Many of us have systems in place to help prepare the next generation of leaders to take over when it is time to transition.  We have training classes, send them to seminars, have them read books and maybe send them back to school for more education.  However, we often miss one very simple tool for developing a new leader.

Just let them do it!  Just delegate some of your responsibilities and let them lead!  In our organization we were talking  the other day about how some of the senior leadership simply had to give away some things due to the overwhelming demands of a new initiative and rapid growth in other areas of the ministry.  In the midst of this, leaders who we wondered if they were ready have stepped up and performed at a high level.

It would be nice to say that this was a planned progression, but unfortunately it was unplanned and forced.  The result has been a great appreciation for the young leaders we have on board and a relief that responsibilities can be off loaded and handled well and sometimes handled better that we were handling them!

So to develop some of your young leaders, simply take a chance and let them run with the ball for a while.  You may be surprised at how well they do.

Blessings on your week!
BG