Great leaders multiply their effectiveness and ensure a good succession by developing other great leaders. The relationship of the Apostle Paul and his protégé Timothy in the Bible is a great example of a healthy bond between a leader and emerging leaders. As a senior leader in your church or organisation, your role is not simply to invest your life in the general membership of your organisation but to find and grow leaders. Why? Because we multiply our effectiveness and ensure good succession by developing other great leaders.
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others”. 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Your role is not to invest equal time in every person that comes through your door. You have a moral responsibility to “care for all” but you must invest the majority of your time developing those who are reliable, faithful, teachable and who have the ability to teach others. People have different reasons to be part of your organisation and their personal growth and capability of serving others is not necessarily their priority. So yes, you have the delicate task to identify those who are team players, appreciate where they are in their journey, believe in their capability to achieve and give them recognition as they progress. However, your greatest responsibility is recognizing and accepting your role as their leader, coach and mentor. Why is this important? Because these emerging leaders are the legacy you are leaving and it’s through their lives and gifting that you will accomplish the mission of your church.
My mentor, John Maxwell says: “our ability as leaders will not be measured by the buildings we built, the institutions we establish, or what our team accomplished during our tenure. You and I will be judged by how well the people we invested in carried on after we are gone”.
So, the efficiency of our ministry depends on our leadership abilities to develop those around us. The Apostle Paul was right when he told Timothy to find reliable people who have the ability to teach others and entrust to them, the principles he had taught him. Good leaders inspire and empower emerging leaders by providing opportunities for them to develop and reach their maximum potential. There is no doubt that effective leaders reproduce other effective leaders. If we take the time to grow leaders, the result will be the growth of our church or organisation.
Mentoring question: Who are three leaders, that that are trustworthy, reliable and able to teach others in whom I can invest?