So I think you have to have a vision of the kind of leaders you’re trying to produce. So for us, there would be three areas that we are constantly trying to develop people in so they would be: character, theology and skill. Those are summarised as ‘Know, Be and Do’ – what do they need to know, what do they need to be able to do and who do they need to be able to be. And so we’ve spent a lot of time in those three areas trying to push that out.
And then, we do a lot of modelling so most of our training is modelling so people see what they’re supposed to be doing done, then they get small incremental chances to practice it and then they get feedback on how they’re doing so they’re sort of coached into skill and competency and it’s addressed along the way so their confidence is growing, their competence is growing, and the people who are under their ministry get blessed.
I think the biggest mistake that people make in leadership development is trying to develop people who are not leaders. so you can get somebody who wants to be leader but just isn’t gifted or wired to be a leader so I think the number one thing you’ve got to figure out is: is this person called to lead?
Everybody is called to serve, not everybody is called to lead. That may be controversial but that’s my take.