I was thinking today of a quote a read somewhere recently where the author was writing that one of the key attributes of a leader was that they were someone who had vision for people, that is, that they could see where people could get to and could help them on the way there.
I was pondering this today as, after all, in my role here in YWAM Brussels I am a leader and I need to develop others. I thought about my staff and those other people I have influence on at church etc and yes I can see lots of vision for them. Perhaps, I can see ways of putting it into action too!
But what about others? Do all leaders really see this and really push themselves into this a critical role for themselves? Now many leaders have high levels of responsibility and that puts a squeeze on their time but I know in YWAM that there are many levels where the responsibility is low and the opportunity for influence is high. Do leaders at this level develop and champion others? I think the answer is yes, BUT, I think that it is not nearly systematic or determined enough. After all if you are promoted to a position of leadership you should be considering all those whom you lead as the prime people to be developed. Not other people who may be at a distance. At least not in the primary case.
I’m not getting at anyone here, just voicing my thoughts and observations of what I see. I would also like to be a part of resolving it. And for that I will need much more prayer and reflection to see ways to develop those I lead.