"the reason i have been able to see as far as i have been able to see in my life is because i am standing on the shoulders of great men before me". this is one of my favorite quotes and has been used by many people in leadership. years ago i remember god speaking to me a simple truth. i was about 10 years into my ministry and wondering how i was going to reach the world. god gave me a plan. he said to me,
"jeff, you will never be great, but the people around you will be."
to be honest, i wasn't really excited about that. but, as i began to understand what god was saying to me i realized that i could reach the world by investing in others. and so jane and i have made that our dna. here are some of the principles i have used to turn my ceiling into the floor that others could build upon.
here are some key elements for developing potential leaders around you:
EDUCATION – my personal reading, attendance to seminars, and seeking personal coaching places me in the right condition to lead others
INSPIRATION – inspiring others with relationship, rewards, and giving them encouragement to dream and wander into places they want to run
MODELING – it is important to example what you want to see in the life of your followers (relational attitudes, personal standards, work ethic, etc.)
APPRENTICESHIPS – by taking time to disciple, mentor, and coach people in an intimate setting, you can duplicate yourself by selecting key people who will stand on your shoulders
CREATIVITY – do not take for granted the special moments or settings that can become "suddenlies" in the life of others (historic cultural moments, trajedy or crisis, and high points in a persons life can become teaching points)
what is the application? not sure what it will be for you. but, for me, in order to reach this world i must deposit every week in someone that i see can take my contribution further than i can take it on my own.