Most leaders eventually realize their limitations. They hit a wall. The Lone Ranger leadership style is not be able to take the organization any further. And when this happens, they will realize they must develop men and women who can lead with them. They need more than individuals who simply carry out directives. They need leaders. They need to be a leader of leaders. If you have not considered surrounding yourself with or developing a team of leaders, here are 5 points to consider:
1. Your presence is limited
You can only have so many meetings. You can only have so many one-on-one conversations. You only have so many opportunities to speak in front of groups. As your ministry grows, connecting with constituents will become more difficult. A team of leaders can help overcome this.
2. Because you need more input
I appreciate this quote by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric,
I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader — if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world — in the room, you’ve got real problems.
A team of leaders will provide you with more ideas and more solutions to problems. They can help determine the best decisions for your ministry.
3. Because you need multiple communicators
A team of leaders can carry a message much further than most individual leaders. While the senior leader is typically responsibility for communicating to the masses, other team leaders are able to reiterate the message among their areas of responsibility. This can provide a more thorough and, sometimes, more personal method of communicating.
4. Because ministry must continue when you are gone
What happens when you are away? Is there anyone who can make decisions? Is there anyone you can trust to lead? Is there anyone who can ensure that the ministry continues as if you were there? When you have a team of leaders, these are questions that are easily answered.
5. Because you need accountability
A team of leaders can help prevent you from making bad decisions. When a team of leaders feels the freedom to push back and question, they can help ensure that the decisions made do not detract from the organization’s purpose and vision.