[vimeo id="169773360"] As a sports broadcaster, I had to get in front of the camera and run down the latest sports news and events. It all depended on my ability to pull the content together and deliver it with excellence. But it wasn’t until I was a pastor when I realized that no matter how good I am on the platform, it’s what happens off the platform that makes the difference.
PLATFORM EXPERIENCES CONTRIBUTE LESS TO ACHIEVING VISION THAN THE MOMENTS LEADERS SPEND CREATING AND MULTIPLYING NEW LEADERS.
I can totally relate to what [John Maxwell described]( http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/the-limits-of-a-one-man-show) when he realized that to be successful he was going to have to learn to become more than a one-man show. Every leadership opportunity is for a season. The legacy we leave behind will not be contained in trophies, accolades, or awards. It will be in the people who continue the work after you are gone.
THE TRUE MEASURE OF AN EFFECTIVE LEADER IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE OR SHE IS AROUND. RATHER, IT’S HOW WELL THE ORGANIZATION FUNCTIONS WHEN THAT LEADER IS GONE.
If you’re going to achieve something your organization has never done before, you will need people to help you make it true. That’s why a good leader recognizes a key ingredient to accomplishing any vision lies in his or her ability to create and multiply more leaders.
Here are five ways you can do that:
1. Know what defining characteristics you’re looking for. If you don’t know the type of leader you need, you won’t ever find that person.
2. Find leaders who want to develop other leaders. It should be a cascading effect across your organization.
3. Spend more time investing in people than you do anything else. It’s not an accident that most leadership material has to do with your relationship with people.
4. Practice humility. You can’t see the value in others if you are consumed with yourself.
5. Set goals and regularly review them. Goals help us hold ourselves and others accountable to achieving what’s important.
LEADERSHIP BEGINS AND ENDS WITH THE QUALITY OF THE CHARACTER OF THOSE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. IT WILL EITHER PROPEL YOU FORWARD OR DRAG YOU DOWN.
Leadership isn’t limited to the platform either. It also includes how a person grows as they move from the back row and the front row. Those who choose to “lean in” should be the ones we invest in and work to multiply over time. My friend, Rob Ketterling, has written a great book about this called, [Front Row Leadership]( http://www.amazon.com/Front-Row-Leadership-Criticizing-Leading/dp/1680671030). I highly recommend you and your team read it.
If you can learn to create and multiply leaders, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
CHALLENGE: Name five leaders you have personally invested in over the past year. Where are they now? Are they investing in others?