Jimmy Lastinger is a volunteer at 12Stone Church, and he oversees our Parking Team (I talked about them on a recent post). I have learned much about leading teams from him, including how to raise new leaders.
We recently identified a position on the team where our “bench” was pretty shallow. We do not have enough members on the team who understand how that position works, yet it is crucial to our weekly operation to move nearly 5,000 cars on and off the property.
So, Jimmy approached his leader who serves in this position and said “You are my first choice…but I need a 2nd choice. Will you share your position so that we can train and develop more leaders?” Wow. Nicely done! In one conversation, Jimmy:
- Affirmed the current leader in that position. His skills were recognized and celebrated.
- Pointed out our need to grow more leaders. Jimmy did not shy away from expecting action to be taken.
- Included the current leader in the solution. He will share his position and help train others.
So, take a look at your teams. Where do you need to deepen your bench? Perhaps Jimmy has provided an outline of a conversation you need to have…
Thanks for listening.