The need for leadership at all levels is one of the 12 critical issues identified in "Global Human Capital Trends 2014,” according to Deloitte research reported in a Forbes article entitled “Successful Organizations Need Leaders at All Levels.”
The research triggered thoughts about LeTourneau University's outstanding professors--and how they're preparing young adults who can fill this leadership need. Our Faith & Work Scholars are all candidates, but I'll introduce to one. Sarah Krippner traveled from her Oceanside CA home to study International Business and play volleyball at LeTourneau. Shortly after she arrived, Sarah noticed that the volleyball team had a leadership vacuum. Despite her freshman status, she felt that she needed to fill the gap. The result: She was selected to be team captain her first season.
The Bible agrees that we need leaders at all levels. It takes more than the top dogs to achieve success. For example, Moses was one of history’s greatest and most gifted leaders. The responsibilities of leadership, however, were exhausting him. His father-in-law Jethro noticed the problem and decided to weigh in. He told Moses he was wearing out himself and his people trying to be THE leader. He advised Moses to develop leaders at every level.
Read Deloitte's suggestions and compare with Jethro’s advice, as well as other Scripture.
- Exodus 18:19-23
- 1 Corinthians 12:14-20
- Mark 10:42-45
Booker T.. Washington wrote, “Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.”
What do you entrust to others?
Max De Pree, former chairman of Herman Miller, Inc. commented, “The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?”
What are you doing to prepare people to handle what you entrust to them?