Four Tools to Grow People


Ron Edmondson shares how to create an environment where leaders can grow and the tools needed to do so.

Experiences, good and bad, shape us as a leader. The bigger the experience, the more we grow. Continuing that thought process, how do we create the environment where leaders can grow? What are some common elements that are necessary in every organization? What tools do we need to help leaders grow?

Here are four tools I use to grow people:

Knowledge – It has been said that knowledge is power. That’s certainly true when it comes to developing leadership. I know I must share information if I want to grow leaders for the church.

Character – Character isn’t taught, but it certainly can be modeled. A leader desiring to grow other leaders of character must display a character worthy of following. I realize my personal character will greatly determine the quality of leaders we attract.

Opportunity – Most aspiring leaders are waiting for a break. They are seeking opportunity. They are screaming “Give me a chance”. I know I must create opportunities for others to explore the process of leading others.

Experience – Opportunity gives experience. As I said in the previous post, it is in the tension of stretching where we learn the most. Leaders give others the opportunity to experience firsthand the stress of leadership. I realize that one of my roles in the church is releasing my right to control an outcome to provide people with their own experience as a leader.

By the way, I used the term people, because these work in other contexts, besides the field of leadership development.

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