“In building a movement, the students currently involved have to be better leaders than the previous generation because the movement is larger and more complex”
Brian McCollister (Campus Crusade director at Ohio)
I had never thought about it in these terms but it makes sense- If your movement of college students is growing in size and scope year after year, your students need to be raising up better leaders than they are.
But you’re probably familiar with John Maxwell’s Law of the Lid that essentially says this:
7’s and 8’s will only follow 9’s or 10’s.”
In general I agree with this Leadership Principle and it relates to my earlier post on “Followability“. Â I’ve found this to especially be true for men’s ministry: guys tend to only follow other guys they look up to and respect. They will not follow lesser men.
So here’s the question I’ve been wrestling with:
- Taking into account the Law of the Lid, how is it possible for students to raise up better leaders than themselves?
What has been your experience with this? Â What are the necessary conditions for students to be able to raise up better leaders than themselves? How can staff help them do that?
photo courtesy of bingisser