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March 3, 2016

Be Intentional About Leadership Development

By Daniel Im

Every month, Plus Members get video enhanced training from Ministry Grid on topics like leadership, ministry systems, residencies, multiplication, church planting, and multisite. This month, Mac Lake, Visionary Architect of The Multiply Group, discusses how churches, networks, and denominations can be intentional at developing leaders.

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Be Intentional about Leadership Development

Have you ever heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule? The 10,000 Hour Rule was presented by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, and reasoned if those who were gifted in an area—whether it be playing the violin, working on computers (like Bill Gates), or being a band (like the Beatles)—practiced over 10,000 hours, they would practice their way to greatness. In other words, “10,000 hours was the magic number of greatness.”

After introducing his rule, many tried to debunk it. Princeton came out with a study that concluded practicing something only makes some difference in becoming great. Then the author of The Click Moment, Frans Johansson, argued that it depends on the domain (or area) one is in. If in a stable domain, such as sports and playing an instrument, deliberate practice can be a predictor of success; but in less stable fields, like business and entertainment, practice is less than a predictor of success.

Regardless of whether Gladwell was right or whether Princeton’s study or Johansson’s argument is right, one thing is for sure: mastery in an area requires intentionality. Whether one dedicates 10,000 hours or 4,000 hours, in order to become great at something, you need to be intentional.

I’m convinced that one of the reasons why churches haven’t mastered leadership development is because they are not intentional in doing so. Having recognized the deficiencies, I’m glad to see more and more denominations, networks, and churches making leadership development a priority.

In these two Ministry Grid videos, Mac Lake, Visionary Architect of the Multiply Group, speaks about how churches can be more intentional at developing leaders. According to Mac, intentionality in leadership development means taking the mission, vision, and action steps—that are in your mind and heart—and transferring them into those you are leading. This should be done to the point that it becomes engrained in their mind and heart. It’s getting the rhythm and words of the song out of your mind and heart and putting it into others to the point they can tap the rhythm and sing the song without you being there. To do so, there are two main thoughts Mac provides that work towards this goal.

1. Develop a Learning Pathway for Leadership Development

Developing a learning pathway begins with questions of purpose. What do you want these leaders to know? What do you want them to do? If you don’t know what you want from the leaders in development, you will not know what pathway to create.

Mac shares that at one church their pathway for leadership development consisted of five competencies they wanted every leader at every level to master. They were:

  • Lead Yourself
  • Lead Others
  • Lead Leaders
  • Lead the Department
  • Lead the Organization

Now these competencies will be different for every church and organization. The goal is to allow these competencies to be birthed from purposeful questions. After developing the competencies, you and your team should ask, “How are you going to develop these competencies in each level?” In other words, what are you going to train your leaders-in-development to do?

Keep in mind, as Mac asserts, creating a pathway to leadership development isn’t something that’s created over coffee and a bagel, but something that percolates over time as the team thinks and dreams about what they want their leaders to know and what they want them to do.

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Tweetables:

  • Mastery in an area requires intentionality.
  • I’m convinced that one of the reasons why churches haven’t mastered leadership development is because they are not intentional in doing so.
  • Leadership Dev is getting the rhythm & words of the song out of your mind & transferring it into others.
  • Developing a learning pathway begins with questions of purpose.
  • If you don’t know what you want from the leaders in development, you will not know what pathway to create.
  • Creating a leadership pathway is something that percolates over time as the team thinks & dreams about what they want from leaders.
  • Creating requires action. Without action nothing is made.
  • If you want to make (or develop) leaders you need to actively engage in leadership development today.
  • @maclake lists five things, or actions steps, leaders can do today that develops and creates leaders for tomorrow.
  • If the church is in the business of making disciples, it stands to reason that we must also be in the business of developing leaders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

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