How To Identify Leaders: The 5 C’s
Bill Bright said often, “Everything boils down to leadership.” Nothing will deflate our ministries quicker than not having the right leaders.
If you ran a business, you would never promote someone because they said, “I’d like to be the vice-president of this company.” Why, then, would we give key leadership positions in the church to someone “just because they want it” or “just because they are available”.
One of the least strategic things we can do is to let people self-select themselves for leadership. Here are five characteristics developed over the last 30 years that we use for employment interviews, recruiting and selecting seminar faculty, annual staff reviews, Bible study leader selection—everything, really…
• Charisma: Makes a good impression. Likeability. The “nice” test. Do you simply enjoy being around this person?
• Chemistry: Ability to get along with people. Does this person have good people skills?
• Character: Acts with integrity. Does this person have a reputation for keeping their word no matter what?
• Competence: Ability to get things done. Does this person have the skill set for the job?
• Contribution: Results or performance. It’s one thing to have competence but an altogether different thing to actually produce. Does this person have a track record for getting things done?
If you find a leader who passes these five tests you probably have a winner. Don’t wait for leaders like this to approach you (they are probably too busy responding to others smart enough to see they have what it takes). Recruit them to your leadership team.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Cut Your Marriage Some Slack
In writing about what makes a successful marriage, family systems thinker Edwin Friedman said, “In reality, no human marriage gets a rating of more than 70%” (Friedman, Generation to Generation, 1985, p. 69). In other words, even the most successful marriage will only be symptom-free about 70% of the time. Patsy, my wife, and I both think we have a great marriage. We talked this 70% thing over, and it makes sense to us. Use this to encourage your men (and yourself). Tell them they don’t have to be symptom-free 100% of the time. 70% is about right, and that’s pretty good in a fallen world.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,