I have watched this leadership style for many years (by Kevin Myers). He is a natural leader and has an amazing list of accomplishments throughout his life. He has grown 12Stone church from 4 families to over 13,000 in attendance every week. However, I am a learned leader…and therefore, it takes me longer to figure things out.
Kevin uses chaos as a catalyst to lead others through the process of change. My temperament resists chaos…and I naturally try to reduce chaos as a leader. But he doesn’t. Here is his Modus Operandi:
- Push your team off the cliff towards change that you know they need
- Continuously focus on the end game (the target)
- Provide room and freedom for the team to solve the mess themselves
And everyone grows from the experience.
I finally tested it myself last year. Our Parking Team needed to expand its size, leadership, and capacity. Everyone was being slowly exhausted by the weekly demand of moving 5,000 cars on and off the campus. So, I declared that we were creating “Odd” and “Even” teams who would serve every other week.
Many members of the team bristled at the challenge. They resisted the change. But, I declared a start date and allowed the team to rise to the challenge. And they did. As of today, we have doubled the size of the team and TRIPLED the number of capable leaders. Those guys managed the 25th Anniversary event at the Gwinnett Arena without blinking an eye. They set new records on clearing that parking lot!
You can’t force chaos onto your team too often, or you will burn them out. However, if you don’t give them a chance to fly, how can they strengthen their wings?
Thanks for listening.
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