One of the most important characteristics of great leaders is a focus on people development over task accomplishment. It’s more important to develop those God has entrusted to our care to the fullest extent possible. That’s true even when it doesn’t line up with what you need to get done today. The goal is an others-centered focus rather than a self-centered focus. Investing in those you supervise will reap great rewards.
Think of a staff-person you are supervising, set aside an hour, and try asking them these questions about their job development and growth:
- What accomplishments have been most satisfying since last time we met?
- How did you use your strengths to make a difference?
- How have you grown in your skills?
- What priority issues need to be addressed?
- How do you want to grow in your leadership?
- What new challenges would you enjoy?
- What are your goals between now and next time we meet?
- How can I be helpful to you in your development?
You may not like the answers you get. They may not align with your to-do list. But when you step back, what is the person telling you about where God is calling them and what he might want to do? God’s agenda may very well be different from your own.
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If you found this blog post helpful, you may also be interested in these resources:
The Leadership Difference– This book is packed full of skills and strategies that result in lightening your own load, developing the skills of others, and getting the job done effectively.
Leadership Skills Guides– This downloadable resource is perfect for refining your own skills, or helping you develop others. A powerful tool for leadership training, this set of guides includes teaching points, scripture passages, reflection and discussion questions for 37 essential leadership skills.