One Thing You Must Do if You Want to Attract Leaders

One of the most frequent concerns I receive from young leaders about their organizations is they aren’t being given adequate responsibly or authority. Instead, they are handed a set of tasks to complete. 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.

And, the other side of this dilemma is most the pastors I hear from are looking for leaders. They want someone to take the reigns of leadership and actually do something.

How do we solve the problem?

How do we find leaders for our churches and how do we allow younger team members to feel included? How do successful organizations (churches) 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 leaders – and those who claim to want to be leaders – want to believe in and follow. “To do” lists often get in the way of that kind of fun. Visions excite people. The details to complete them don’t.

So, if you want to create a successful organization and recruit leaders hand people a big vision with lots of room for them to choose on the implementation side.

Of course, they may indeed need to create checklists. I would even suggest they do if I were coaching them. They will need measurable action plans. They need to have a list of assignments in order to complete a project successfully. All those are necessary to accomplish a worthy vision. A vision is simply an idea until someone puts legs to it so it can walk.

But, start with the vision. Start with the big idea. Start with what you hope to accomplish some day. And, make sure you’re real clear about illustrating the problem to be solved or the opportunity to be seized.

And, then get out of the way and let people figure out how they will accomplish the vision.

This doesn’t mean your work is over, either. 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 in the beginning. And, it’s practicing good leadership and delegation skills.

I realize this is especially hard for some leaders who may want to control the desired outcome. (Leaders often 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.

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  • So true, Ron. Next Monday, I am meeting with one of our teams to walk through developing a vision for the team. Here’s how we’re doing it – It’s my favorite part of my work!

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  • cdenning says:

    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,


    • ronedmondson says:

      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.

  • Kmac4him

    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.

  • Brian Jones says:

    "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.

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