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Why the Struggle with Developing Leaders?

Why is it that so many organizations are struggling with developing leaders? In a time of unprecedented leadership resources both in print and media we still struggle with equipping people to lead. If you Google Leadership Development you get 7.5 million results.  If you search leadership on Amazon you get over 65,800 books.  I counted well over 100 evangelical seminaries or bible colleges listed on Wikipedia.  Type in “leadership development” into Youtube and you have access to over 5,000 videos.

So why do we still have a shortage of well equipped leaders?  I believe it’s because we still look for a program, curriculum, event or resource to equip leaders rather than looking to leaders to equip leaders.  Leadership development is most effective in the context of relationship. Leadership competencies are not just taught, they are caught as the learner interacts and observes an experienced leader.

Who can you intentionally invest your time and energy raising up in your organization?

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Mac Lake is the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church with 13 campuses, where he oversees leadership development, small groups, missions, communications, and internships. He is a popular church leadership conference speaker and the author of the training resource Growing Small Group Leaders. Learn more from Mac at MacLakeOnline.com.