If You Want to Attract Leaders…

One of the most frequent criticisms I receive from young leaders about their organizations is that they aren’t given adequate responsibly or authority. They are handed a set of tasks to complete, but they don’t feel they have a part in creating the big picture for the organization. Since most of the young leaders I talk to are in ministry, this means it’s happening in the church too. 🙂

Do you want to lead a successful organization (church) that attracts leaders? Here’s my best advice:

Hand out visions more than you assign tasks.

In order for the organization to be successful, you’ll need to attract leaders. You know that, right? You need to know something about leaders and potential leaders.

Leaders want to work towards a vision, more than they want complete a set of tasks.

Leaders don’t get excited about checklists and assignments.

Leaders want to join a great vision, then help develop the tasks to accomplish it.

Leaders get excited about faith-stretching, bigger-than-life, jaw-dropping acts of courage. That’s the kind of vision they want to believe in and follow. “To do” list often gets in the way of that kind of fun. Visions excite them, details to complete them don’t.

So, if you want to create a successful organization, recruit leaders, hand them a big vision, with lots of room on the implementation side, then allow them to choose how they will accomplish that vision.

Hand them the vision, then get out of their way and let them do their work.

That doesn’t mean your work is over. They’ll need your help along the way. They’ll still need your help to develop structure, discipline and follow through. But that’s way different than handing them a set of tasks. That’s practicing good leadership and delegation skills. (You can read 4 Critical Aspects of Healthy Delegation HERE.)

I realize this is especially hard for perfectionist leaders who want to control every outcome. (Leaders like me; just being honest.) You’ll have to take a risk on the people you’ve recruited to lead and discipline yourself to let them work in their own way. You’ll get burned a few times, but overall, you’ll find more success when you:

Paint big visions…not specific tasks…

When you do this you’ll attract and develop more leaders and a more successful organization will be built and sustained.

How are you at releasing your vision to others?

Would you rather be handed a vision or a set of tasks to be completed?

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9 thoughts on “If You Want to Attract Leaders…

  1. I think this is great stuff, but I'm having a hard time with my context within this. I'm a Worship Leader, and so we can't just find high leadership capacity guys. You have to find guys with the leadership quotient that are also talented musicians. If those people aren't in your church, what then? That's the question I'm processing with my team right now, but I'm trusting God to provide those people and that we'll be able to give them vision rather than assignments to move forward. Great post,


    • One thing we are doing is a "Worship Jam Night". We are inviting in artists from around the county to come together to play…just for fun. It's an organized event, but we're hoping to discover new talent and leadership.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  2. I would rather be handed a clear vision by a leader impassioned by the heart of God than be assigned to doing a task week after week without knowing the purpose of it! Recently a leader made a change in the how we were doing a ministry act and I have tried to follow and go with this change, but I am frustrated by it. I think the reason why I am frustrated by it is because I feel this change, changed the feel of the vision of the ministry and I need to hear the vision again so I can realign myself with it and be less frustrated with this change of technique. I think what is my purpose now and if I am thinking that, that means the change in technique needed to be accompanied by a renewed vision imparted. I would rather have had the vision imparted to me 1st before the change in ministry technique, because then I might understand the purpose of it better. Because for me this change in ministry technique has changed the purpose of the ministry I was tasked to and it puts a question about the vision in my mind and I think that is probably why I feel frustration.
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  3. "Leaders want to join a great vision, then help develop the tasks to accomplish it." – man that is so true. I often say that true leaders "want a seat at the table." They even want to be there at the beginning to even help shape the vision that will be communicated to other leaders.