I was going through my blog drafts this week and found a few posts that never saw the light of day. Sometimes, that’s just because they are for me to think about and might be a bit too personal for me to share, but I’m learning, those are the things that I need to share the most. So I’ll be posting a few older thoughts that haven’t seen the light of the internet yet.
Here we go.
One of the things that you hear so much about is the ability to cast vision. You must be able to describe the vision/mission in such a way that people are compelled to action. Painting a desirable picture is only the first step. But have you ever thought about some of the pitfalls associated with an incredible vision?
Recently, I was chatting with the father of one of my volunteers, who is from Germany. He was talking about how different church was in Germany compared to what he just experienced. I told him that it’s very different and that we love what we have going here. I also expressed that Boenhoeffer is one of my heroes who made a huge impact in Germany. He shared that yes, but after he died, there was no one to take his place.
One I was shocked… I love Boenhoeffer and reading about his life and his accomplishments. His comment made me think about my leadership. What a difference it would have made if there was a successor to Dietrich Boenhoeffer in Germany. But it’s where most leaders fall short. He also made similar remarks about Luther.
I think you can argue that the work, or the picture that you paint, will by it’s own merit bring the next leader, but we all know that leadership is more complex than just a great mission. However, I think for whatever reason, we spend less time on the people taking our place, rather than the work itself.
Very interesting to say the least.
We consider our day to day work more important than the work that will last beyond us.
So don’t just paint the picture, get others to paint it with you. It will help others dive into the vision and will allow you to see who is in it for the long haul.