I read this article because I love reading about leadership (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2015/07/21/in-big-move-accenture-will-get-rid-of-annual-performance-reviews-and-rankings/). This quote stood out to me:
“The art of leadership is not to spend your time measuring, evaluating,” Nanterme said. “It’s all about selecting the person. And if you believe you selected the right person, then you give that person the freedom, the authority, the delegation to innovate and to lead with some very simple measure.”
While the author is talking about performance reviews in a professional context, I couldn’t help but think about leadership development (a.k.a. “discipling”) in a Christian ministry context. “You didn’t choose Me, but I chose you,” Jesus said. So all these Christians around me — in my church, in my community, in my social circles — must be the “right person.” After all, HE picked them!
So applying Nanterme’s successful philosophy to ministry supports the idea that the best way to raise up leaders is give them the freedom, authority, and responsibility to lead. And their standard for success — both in my eyes and in theirs — has got to be simple.
Simple. Intentional. Relational. This is discipling.