Develop the Leaders Around You

Develop the Leaders Around You

Over the last 6 weeks we have been reviewing the 6 steps of the leadership development process: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW. To take the complimentary “6 Steps Effective Leaders Take” Assessment CLICK HERE. In this guide you will find a self-assessment for each of the 6 steps with a planning exercise at the end for you to use with your team

At InFocus we know you want to be an effective leader.

The problem for many is feeling overwhelmed, afraid and doubtful you might not have what it takes to develop the leaders around you. We believe it shouldn’t be a heart-rending struggle to fulfill the Great Commission, especially when God is in it. We understand how challenging and lonely it can feel which is why for over thirty years we’ve been getting in the trenches with pastors, church planters and business leaders to equip them with the tools to be successful.

In response to feedback we’ve received from leaders, InFocus is piloting an Online Course on the Leadership Development process that we have been highlighting the last several weeks. If you missed that series click Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness to read each of the last 6 blogs. Also, if you have not downloaded the assessment mentioned above – CLICK HERE.

If you want to learn more on being en effective leader and developing the leaders around you, join me on January 28 for a free, 25 minute FaceBook Live Event. CLICK HERE to register.

#6 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – REVIEW

#6 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – REVIEW

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The sixth step in the leadership developmental process is REVIEW: review the progress, people and success of a project.

It is important to pause and review. The three aspects of review mentioned above will help the team improve their performance in the future.

  • Progress – what changed?
  • People – who contributed?
  • Success – how to celebrate?

The most important aspect of the REVIEW process is to identify ways to improve in the future. They may be tiny adjustments or large scale interventions. The idea is that over time, significant change is possible.

Here is a real and present project that InFocus is involved in called COLLECTIVES, which are focused learning intensives to train you, and the leaders around you.

The first Collective was launched last Spring. After launching our first one on Disciplemaking and the second on Church Planting, we considered ways to improve. One of the changes we are introducing in January is our pilot Online Leadership Development Course. That means we will not only have the live course; but we will make a training kit available to leaders who want their entire team to experience the training together, through a series of videos.

We arrived at the idea when a need in the Collectives surfaced. It has been extremely helpful for leaders to go through the course. However, when the leader attempts to introduce the concepts to their team, there is a gap. That gap can be filled when the team engages in the Leadership Development process together! For more information on what is coming up, please click here.

The discipline of reviewing each Collective and surfacing needs along the way have accelerated our development. Without the important aspect of capturing the learnings and incorporating new ideas, most teams will keep doing the same things over and over again – expecting different results!

REVIEW is one way leaders create high-performing team.

This brings our blog series, Developing Your Leadership Effectiveness, to an end. As a gesture of appreciation in next week’s blog I will post an assessment for your use based on the six developmental steps we’ve been discussing: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW. Look for that next week.

Until then, I wish you a very Happy New Year!

#3 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – ASSESS

#3 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – ASSESS

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The third step in the leadership developmental process is ASSESS. The word assess refers to that need for leaders to assess the vision, their goals and the team members performance.

Over the last several decades a lot has been written about vision. I like to draw on Joel Barker’s quote:

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

Vision includes three elements. More importantly, these three elements must be inextricably connected to the vision. The larger the gap, the greater disparity between your vision and your team members – the higher the probability is that your team will NOT produce the expected outcomes you desire. Here are the three elements:

  • Strategies
  • Goals
  • Targets

As a leader, you are constantly addressing the proximity of the vision to your strategies, goals and targets.  Here are five questions to ask team members to assess that gap:

  1. Where is our team positioned currently?
  2. What is the gap between our current position and our vision?
  3. What do we need to do in the short-term that will help us to achieve that vision?
  4. In the medium-term?
  5. In the long-term?

Assessing is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Assessing in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success as well as failure is critical in the development process.

Questions for your reflection:

  1. When was the last time you assessed your team’s current vision?
  2. When was the last time you assessed your team member’s performance?
  3. What steps do you need to take to close the gap between your vision and the actions of your team?

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Decide.  What are you going to measure and how will it be measured? This is where we will pick-up next week.

InFocus is responding to the need to help leaders empower their team through our Live Courses called Collectives.  Learn about the 2019 Collectives.  Each Collective will engage you in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above.

Related Leadership Development Resource:

Effective Leadership Storyboard

One of the most impactful worship environments that I’ve participated in was in a marginalized community in Springdale, Australia. The Gospel was potent that Sunday evening many years ago. We met in a community center where me and Gina (my wife) ate a meal with other members of the community, from donated food. A closet set aside for clothing and other necessities, was made available to those in need. After we ate together on the first floor, we went upstairs to participate in worship together. That evening was memorable in many ways:

  • Inter-generational – from twenty-somethings to 60 year-olds
  • Multi-ethnic – Pacific Islanders to Aussies
  • Socially diverse – current and former drug addicts, prostitutes and people working towards sobriety

The evening began with scripture reading and prayer. A cardboard box with percussion instruments was passed around so everyone could have a shaker, tambourine or drum to beat. Then in a light-hearted manner, the worship leader  led this rag-tag band in a couple of familiar worship songs, inviting people to engage in a non-threatening manner.

Perhaps the highlight that sticks-out for me was the leader that led the Bible portion of the night who was from the local community. After various people read the passage aloud, we broke-up into smaller groups to explore insights from the passage and ways to apply the truths we had gleaned. To culminate our time together we shared Communion as a symbol of the New Covenant Jesus had called this gathering to live-out together, in a missional community called the Rainbow Church.

You might have thought I was going to share the content of the Gospel with you as if something had changed. The New Covenant Jesus preached and lived-out remains the same as 2,000+ years ago. However, the church of today must return to a more incarnational and missional expression of the Gospel.

One church staff team I consulted with recently came up with the slogan to rebrand their ministry: Be Missional to Multiply! This is what Jesus did. This is what the church must return to. This is what the church must be and move towards.

Reflect on the questions below so that you and your ministry can. Be Missional to Multiply!

  1. How are you making the Gospel unnecessarily resistible?
  2. What does it mean to be missional in your context?
  3. What can you do differently to make missional living part of your DNA?
  4. How are you multiplying disciples?
  5. What else could you be doing?

What does it take to see a person reproduce the character of Christ in a new apprentice of Jesus? If you’re like me you’ve seen a number of approaches, perhaps, too many to count. Some have been super fruitful, while others not so much.

Assuming the approach includes the key qualities of disciplemaking like the power of the Holy Spirit, application of Scripture, fellowship, prayer and coaching – the soil is ripe for multiplication. In the expediency of time I find many of us are troubled with the lack of reproduction even into the second, not to mention the third and fourth generation. This impatience can and will result in growth by addition – looks amazing in the short-term but malnourished in the long-term.

What can you do to move from expediency to significance?

You have probably heard about the practice of prioritizing activities into Quadrant II – Important and Not Urgent (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey). Multiplication is a Quadrant II activity. Over a three year period, one pastor I have been coaching has changed the expectations of their small groups, which his church calls Life Groups:

  • Participation: 79% of the congregation are in Life Groups
  • Growth: the number of Life Groups has more than tripled
  • Multiplication: 22% of the Life Groups have reproduced into the second generation

Here’s five lessons for your reflection, to keep your eyes on the long-term fruit of a multiplication movement and not get distracted with instant gratification.

Five Lessons to keep your attention on Multiplication

  • Lesson #1: Be willing to fail – Multiplication requires an element of to risk – which requires faith.
  • Lesson #2: Be open to learn – The best teacher is experience.
  • Lesson #3: Be clear with your vision – If you’re unclear where you’re headed, good chance you will get there!
  • Lesson #4: Be ALL about the process – The joy is in the journey.
  • Lesson #5: Be realistic with your expectations – Go slow at first so that you can go fast later.

Here is the second of seven mission critical concepts leaders are re-thinking strategically to create a more robust disciplemaking + church multiplication culture.

Concept 2 – Fruitfulness:

How do you measure fruitfulness?

Have you heard the statement – “You measure what matters” when discussing ministry.

In their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” the authors introduce Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). From their experience the challenge that comes when a leader and/or team identify WIGs is, EXECUTION! To support leaders, the authors emphasize the importance of Lead and Lag Measures.

Lead Measures are focused on the outcomes you are aiming for in the WIG – these are Predictable and Influencable. Predictable in that if you accomplish this, then you can expect certain results (“this” then “that”). A good lead measure for our church is: 80% of our active adults in small groups to engage our congregation missionally.

Lag Measures are focused on the goal. Here are four good lag measures our church set this year to engage our people in mission:

  • Two Mission Weekend
  • Two Mission Trips
  • Two Missional Moments
  • Two Missional Invites – view Going Together sermon for more.

These are really important to our church; therefore, we track the weekly attendance in all our small groups. We believe that people who are engaged in a small group will have a much great chance to being engage missionally. Every church has their WIGS.

WIGs simply give focus with language to establish what is important (Lead Measure) track and assess where you are (Lag Measure).

I was discussing the idea of goals with a leadership team at a church and they were clear that they did not have any goals – by choice.

If you are of that same line of thought then I would point you to the notion that God knows the exact number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7 & Matthew 10:30). This could be figurative – communicating the Lord’s care and concern for His people. But would it be fair to say that if he cares this much about hair follicles that He probably cares a lot more about the individual lives we are able to influence with the love of Christ? And could it be possible that He might be pleased if we gave focused attention to that in our efforts to make disciples?

Many churches do a competent job of tracking the low-lying fruit e.g. nickles and noses.  But to move into a missional paradigm I suggest 5 metrics of fruitfulness in ministry.

5 Metrics for disciplemaking and church planting movements using a coach approach

This is not an exhaustive list – but is a good start:

Disciples taking the next step on their spiritual journey

  • What percentage of your people are in disciplemaking communities?

Caring for the poor

  • What percentage of your time and resources are dedicated to serving the poor?

Disciples making disciples

  • What percentage of your people are reproducing apprentices of Jesus into the third and fourth generation?

Leaders being developed

  • What percentage of your leaders-in-training are taking the next step in their development?

Planting new churches

  • What percentage of your time and resources are dedicated to the planting of new churches?

Once you have that data the three questions below can help you set WIGs to measure fruitfulness of your ministry:

  1. What percentages do you want to alter?
  2. What is your lead measure(s)?
  3. What is your lag measure(s)?

Please continue the conversation and respond below….