One of the most frequent criticisms I receive from young leaders about their organizations is that they aren’t given adequate responsibly or authority. They are handed a set of tasks to complete, but 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.
Do you want to lead a successful organization (church) that 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 they want to believe in and follow. “To do” lists often gets in the way of that kind of fun. Visions excite them; details to complete them don’t.
So if you want to create a successful organization, recruit leaders, hand them a big vision with lots of room on the implementation side, then allow them to choose how they will accomplish that vision.
Hand them the vision, then get out of their way and let them do their work.
That doesn’t mean your work is over. 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. That’s practicing good leadership and delegation skills. (You can read 4 Critical Aspects of Healthy Delegation HERE.)
I realize this is especially hard for perfectionist leaders who want to control every outcome. (Leaders 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.
How are you at releasing your vision to others?
Would you rather be handed a vision or a set of tasks to be completed?