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Question: Have you trained your replacement yet?

المؤلف: Dave Ingland
التاريخ: 20.07.2010
Category: تشكيل القادة

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Leaders generally seem to feel confident in their leadership abilities when they see subordinates carrying out their instructions without error or backlash. However, I see an important element missing in that assessment. To me, leaders are only true leaders once they have been able to replicate themselves. 

The gift of leadership is one that any wish they had, yet few people can really operate long-term in a leadership capacity. With such little mentorship available and few capable people to lead, doesn’t it make sense to invest your time and energy into someone else who can do what you do? If not for the sake of taking over once you move on need a break, do it for the sake of equipping someone to lead elsewhere. 

Leaders must quit thinking about creating followers and start thinking more of leading others to become leaders. Seek those around you that exhibit a sense of leadership and rather than keeping them under you, raise them up alongside you and prepare them to lead others. The world needs more capable and prepared leaders. What are you doing to make this happen?

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Real leaders, I believe, don’t look for those who obey explicitly the directives of the boss, or that one is successful when his "workers" make no errors. The best boss I ever had was a Jewish woman who helped her employes reach beyond themselves, gave them authority and room to grow.  And allowed them to do their assignments without impeding their successful implementation. But always ready to help.

Haven’t heard much in the Global conversation about "servant-leadership." Isn’t that the example of Jesus?

Personally, I don’t think much of persons who describe themselves as "leaders."  I believe that’s for others to determine.  I heard a person once ask people who call themselves leaders, "If you think you are a leader, look around behind you and see if anyone is following."


26.08.2010
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@ Joseph_Paul_Cadariu:

I agree Joseph.  A leader is not afraid of letting those who follow discover their own voice.  Moreover, they will help them find their voice.


14.07.2011
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Why are so very, very many cross-cultural workers (from North America in particular) so focused on "leadership training"?  Is there some pride involved in this--either a "we know how to do it best" or "my ministry is more significant than yours because it is about leaders and therefore more ’important’ or significant"?  At times it feels like this drive to focus on leadership is coming more from the western business world than the Biblical church world.  Which is not at all to deny that the church around the globe (perhaps especially in North America?) needs more healthy, godly leaders.
This whole idea of the servant leader is an interesting one to me.  In his excellent book "Cross-cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility" Duane Elmer argues convincingly that what Jesus models is not servant leadership but simply servanthood.  Jesus came to serve, and people followed!  I think in North America we sometimes allow our self-esteemy, positiveness to lead us into a trap where we look at those around us as if a) everyone ought to be a leader and should be trained accordingly; and b) anyone not leading or working to become a leader is somehow unimportant or less valuable.
And yet we all sense that leaders are important; in Ephesians 4 Paul seems to connect the unity of the church to the need for various leaders to rightly exercise the gifts God has given them for the equipping of the saints and the building up of the body (Thank you Lindsay!).  And I know the body of Christ in the city where I serve needs more faithful God-honoring leaders. But not everyone is, will become, or even should become a leader.  Paul’s body metaphor in I Corinthians 12 says that all parts of the body are important and necessary for the healthy functioning of the body.  And so the tension as I see it is to faithfully serve the whole body wherever they are, while at the same time actively seeking to help those leaders who are ready to grow.  I am still struggling to find the balance in my own ministry.  I’m not sure Jesus always led along what we would call "strategic" lines; but He certainly never failed to serve.


26.08.2010
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P.S. When your successful church or ministry desist following your retirement, your church or ministry was not successful.  The issue is leadership vs power.  Pride vs Humility. Hoarding vs Sharing.  Giving vs Taking.  Mentoring replacements is a must.


26.08.2010
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Dave, thanks for sharing this post. So many people in ministry are doers and not equippers. Doers get promoted because they get things done, but many times they are not able to pass on knowledge or skills to another.

So here is my question, if I am a doer and have been successfull in ministry, how can I learn to be an equipper of others so that another generation of leaders will be ready to continue on the work?


20.07.2010
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@ Jon_Hirst:

Jon, first thing is we must not think of ourselves as irreplaceable. Secondly, we must be intentional about reproducing ourselves. It takes time, effort, and much energy to invest in others. Jesus and Paul of Tarsus did just that. It can’t be about us. It must be about the greater cause at hand. We must pour into others and celebrate their work, rather than focus on the attention we want to get for our own individual work.


20.07.2010
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@ daveingland:

Dave,


Good point. In a world where Seth Godin is telling us we must be linchpins, we have to balance that new "knowledge worker" reality with the fact that we have to be generous and equip others so that they can grow and develop. To be fair to Seth Godin, I think that he views being indespensable as inherently being generous. So in that way, if we are indespensable then we are training people and passing on what we know to others.


21.07.2010
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Great post Dave. It reminds me of a chapter I read back in college from the book, "Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make" by Hans Finzel (http://www.amazon.com/Top-Ten-Mistakes-Leaders-Make/dp/0781433657).

If I remember correctly, the chapter was called, "Success Without Successors is not Success." Very simple, very true, but not often implemented. 


20.07.2010
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@ Josh_Roberts:

Josh, thanks for being a true leader and always looking to raise up others. We need more leaders within the church like you!


20.07.2010
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Thoughtful article, Dave. I believe that the books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus have a lot to teach us in this area.

http://www.battleforthesoulofcanada.blogspot.com

               Ed Hird+


20.07.2010
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@ edhird:

Ed, thank you for the comment and I agree!


20.07.2010

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