August 10, 2006

Leadership Lifecycle

Tony Morgan has a great synopsis of Bill Hybels first session from the Leadership Summit. Bill believes, and rightly so, that leaders develop through a lifecycle. J. Robert Clinton's Book The Making of a Leader points this out as well.

Each leader goes through a lifecycle. They are tested and stretched at each phase. They have certain responsibilities they must be accountable for, and through them, they grow. Leadership is growth.

Tony breaks down Bill Hybel's session. Be sure to check it out.

tony morgan | one of the simply strategic guys: Leadership Summit [Bill Hybels]: "If we aren't intentional about our growth, our leadership influence will plateau and ultimately die."


  1. A lot of pastors stop before sharing responsibility and power with other leaders. If you don't do that, you become the growth restricting obstacle in your church. And, if leaders under you don't have an opportunity to lead at that level, they'll leave. Those people who leave typically aren't "power hungry"--they're "impact hungry."

    Oh yeah, and I've noticed some leaders at times are actually not supportive of those who know they are going to be leadership. I know I've been told that I need to stop thinking about being a leader. I've always been a leader. It's not something I run after, its a part of who I am. Not supporting that and downright rejecting it hurts deeply and makes you feel like there is a part of you that your leadership will just never accept no matter how much they care for you. It was a leading factor in me leaving in the first place.

    Sometimes I think young leaders really scare those in leadership because a part of them feels as though they are being nipped at the heels. If they only knew that all we want is acknowledgement that we exist and a hand up and mentoring. I want my leaders to lead me and walk with me. I don't want to replace them.

  2. Sometimes, though, the exuberance of youth makes them blind to the wisdom of older leaders. I have too often been guilty of criticizing older people and their decisions brushing it off as their rejection of youth, the truth, resistence to change, whatever. Now, down the road a little bit, I recognize that they are often just tempering my exuberance with their wisdom.

    It takes real discernment to distinguish between rejection of young leaders and rejection of exuberant, ill-advised ideas. I think this is where being able to trust your leaders is key, and knowing the heart of your leaders.

    I just got to think about the temptation of Eve as I was writing that last paragraph. The serpent tempted Eve by saying, "Did God REALLY say..." I think many young leaders get themselves into trouble because they hear the voice of the serpent, "Those leaders are just old, what do they know!?" I don't know why that just hit me, but it did.

  3. I trust my leaders... I do. I just also know the vision that has been given to Me and has been confirmed to me many times over the years. I do know that I need tempered and I appreciate that they see that. Truly I do. The problem is I don't feel as though I'm being tempered, as much as told, "no you are not a leader" when I know that I am, at least will be at one point. I have to take responsibility for the spiritual gifts that I'm given despite what those over me see or think, in the long run. I know right now I'm being guided off that path so I can heal. I know that, but this conversation hasn't taken place other than to try to steer me off that path. A part of me needs to know that they know that I know where I'm going. (Clear as mud?)

    If they are to lead me on this path, I pray we are on the same path. Otherwise eventually we will have to part ways and I love and respect these guys so much I don't ever want that to happen. I want to walk WITH them.