If we’re going to have a movement that Raises up Better Leaders than Came Before, here are two things we need to figure out:
- Raising up Leaders who can also administrate
- Creating systems that make it easier for students to be leaders of leaders
I’ve figure out enough to know that we need to work on these 2, but I don’t know what the solution looks like. That’s where you come in.
Raising up Leaders who can also administrate
- Often students are either great people gatherers OR logistical/organizational leaders.
- As Andrew commented on the original post: “As for the complexity created by a larger group, it seems like the additional need would be mostly managerial.” They not only have to be good leaders “but now they have to be better managers too.”
- An example from our ministry: A student leading an area of campus now has 6 Bible studies and 12 leaders to lead instead of just (in the past) leading his/her own study.
- They have to be good administrators.
- But that’s not enough. Because they’re not just organizing. They have to be leaders of leaders. They have to be able to mobilize students leaders who are very high caliber leaders (and maybe won’t respond to students they don’t respect as leaders).
Creating systems that make it easier for students to be leaders of leaders
- We want our students to lead like staff (to be leaders who produce more leaders)
- And we want our staff to lead like Campus Directors (to think of the movement as a whole- not just their piece, to lead autonomously, to be problem solvers, etc)
- To quote Andy Stanley: “Systems create behaviors”
- So, for students, how do we create systems where it is natural (through the course of time involved) and normal (it’s not the exception but the rule) for our students to become leaders of leaders?
- Practical steps toward that: cast vision for it and spotlight leaders are who are doing it. But that’s not a system.
- I guess for us, our system would be challenging students to join our weekly Leadership Hour where they often hear the aforementioned steps.
Your turn – How do we create systems where it is natural and normal for our students to become leaders of leaders?
Also – any ideas on growing students’ ability to both lead and administrate?
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