You can get away without having a decent leadership pipeline, at least for a while. But eventually you will find that you limit your impact.
If you’re really trying to catalyze movements then you’re going to need to get serious about your pipeline.
The key is to develop leaders at all levels. The maxim that you cannot reproduce the macro without reproducing the micro is true. Really.
If you’re dreaming of starting movements you can start them if you developing your leadership pipelines.
Some ways to ensure you’re doing this…
- Is your language clear and consistent. Do people understand the difference between a leader and apprentice; between a coach and director? Do all of your ministry team use the same language? They must.
- Do people understand their next steps in the leadership pipeline? Do they understand what they need to do in order to take that step?
- How are you measuring your pipeline? Can you identify the number of people at the various stages in the pipeline? Do you know how many apprentices or coaches in the pipeline?
- Are you aware of the clogs? Sometimes pipes get clogs. Are you aware of them? What are you doing to unplug them?
As one leader remarked in this conversation remarked, “all of this is about moving from me, to us to more of us.”
What does your leadership pipeline look like? Can you articulate it consistently?
Where is the clogs in your pipeline?
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