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The church looks to him to lead and, wisely, he knows he needs to develop his leadership skills.
His question was simple.
Who invests in me?
He recognizes the need to grow as a leader, but he’s not sure where to find it. His church is in a recovery mode financially, so he doesn’t feel he can afford (or doesn’t think it can) to send him to conferences or hire a coach.
Pastor - Friend - Leader
So, what could my pastor friend do? How can he develop as a leader inexpensively and maybe even free?
Here are 3 suggestions I gave him:
People - Community - Businesses - Payroll - Organization
There are people in the community who own small businesses. They meet a payroll. They have guided an organization to success. Even in the smallest communities, someone owns (or manages) the local grocery store or serves as the bank brach manager. For a group like this, I like to keep it relatively small with no more than 12 people. And 6 might even be a better number.
The group would share stories, talk about experiences, and learn from each other. You’ll have to spend time getting to know each other and developing trust, but it will be mutually beneficial. I have had such groups numerous times in my career. These groups are usually comprised of believers – although not professional ministers. By the way, in these meetings, I’m trying to learn leadership and management practices – not theology.
Recruit - Leaders - Community - Leadership - Book
Recruit leaders in the community to read a leadership book together. These can be mid-level managers or senior executives. The learning is from the book being studied and the reflection of the group based on personal experiences. In this type group, the size can be as any size between 2 and 25 people. The larger groups often provide the broader range of perspective.
The only cost is the book. Everyone buys their own....
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