Sarah Bragg, with reThink, forwarded some articles in Business Week about top companies and how they develop their leaders. I wondered if any of these thoughts would apply in your church or ministry setting? I know when times are economically tough often professional development and volunteer training budgets are cut from the budget completely. But this research suggests that companies that grow leaders best do similar things consistently, in bad times as well as good.
- They cast vision and create a sense of urgency about changes that need to be made to be ready for new challenges in the future.
- They are actively training other people to replace themselves in their current role so they are ready for new opportunities.
In this article, Mary Fontaine summarizes that: “Leaders engage and enable people. It’s that simple, but it requires a shift of focus from solely outcomes… to motivating people so they’re passionate about helping the company achieve its goals.” She also talked about how good leaders help remove the obstacles that hinder their teams from doing their best. I love the analogy that Fontaine quotes from a senior client at IBM, who says, “My job is to take the rocks out of the campers’ knapsacks so that they can run faster and further.”
In your world, do you find it hard to prioritize professional development when Sunday is always coming? How do you creatively continue to motivate your volunteers and remove obstacles slowing down your team when money is tight?