Remember my favorite leadership illustration?? In a follow-up conversation, Dan gave me this statement about the essence of practicing:
“Practice is doing something you can’t….until you can”
For over 15 years, I have been honored to be a part of the parking team here at 12Stone Church Central Campus. We have about 75 men who bravely serve by helping everyone get to services safe and on time. With 5 services on a weekend, they coordinate the movement of nearly 5,000 cars every weekend. At their peak (between the 9am and 11am services), they move 1,500 cars off the property and another 1,500 back onto the campus…during a 40 minute window.
While participating on this team…I’ve learned so many leadership skills that I can’t begin to count them all. It is here that I’ve tried (and failed) and tried again to lead effectively. This team has been kind over the years to allow me to practice my skills and grow as a leader. We’ve grown and gotten better because of practice.
Do you have a practice team?
Having a practice team does not mean that we can make mistakes without consequences. It simply means that we are intentional about growing our leadership capacity. You practice leading what you can’t…until you can.
- Is it at home?
- Is it at work?
- Is it at church?
Or….do you play it safe and avoid risk by not practicing? That is a bad call.
Thanks for listening.