4 Tools to Grow People

In my last post, “Do You Want to Grow Leaders?”, I said that experience…good and bad shapes us as a leader. The bigger the experience…the more we grow.

Continuing that thought process, how do we create the environment where leaders can grow? What are some common elements that are necessary in every organization? What tools do we need to help leaders grow?

Here are 4 tools I use to grow people:

Knowledge – It has been said that knowledge is power. That’s certainly true when it comes to developing leadership. I knowI must share information if I want to grow leaders for the church.

Character – Character isn’t taught, but it certainly can be modeled. A leader desiring to grow other leaders of character must display a character worthy of following. I realize my personal character will greatly determine the quality of leaders we attract.

Opportunity – Most aspiring leaders are waiting for a break. They are seeking opportunity. They are screaming “Give me a chance”. I know I must create opportunities for others to explore the process of leading others.

Experience – Opportunity gives experience. As I said in the previous post, it is in the tension of stretching where we learn the most. Leaders give others the opportunity to experience firsthand the stress of leadership. I realize that one of my roles in the church is releasing my right to control an outcome to provide people with their own experience as a leader.

By the way, I used the term people, because these work in other contexts, besides the field of leadership development.

How are you introducing these tools into your leadership development? What other tools do you use?

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  1. Potential new leaders need mentored challenges. In church we often make things too easy and "cookbook recipe." Leaders need to stretch–both to gain courage and to learn to depend on God's Holy Spirit. The mentor needs to be someone with a heart for discipleship–who wants to see his protege find success and is willing to step back and allow the new leader to try–and who loves to encourage the new leader in the Word. This is a Biblical model–think of Jesus and the apostles, Barnabas and Saul.