Are Your Young Leaders Getting Reps?

Are the young leaders in your organization getting the reps they need to truly sharpen their leadership skills? Coaches understand the importance of their players getting reps in practice.  In baseball each player gets time in the batting cage to get swings at the plate.  In basketball each player spends countless hours shooting multiple free throws.  In football each player runs through the same play over and over again to ensure they know their assignment.  It’s these reps during practice that give each player a higher probability of doing well in the game.

What areas do your young leaders need reps?

  • Communication – find various platforms inside and outside organization to give your young communicators the opportunity to get more speaking reps.
  • Decision making – put your young leaders in meetings where significant decisions are being made, allow them to have a voice, share their opinion and exercise their decision-making muscles.
  • Leading teams – give your young leaders an assignment to lead a task force or project team.  Allow them to get the practice of getting results through others.
  • Developing leaders – Challenge your young leaders to identify, recruit and train up new potential leaders. Ask them on a regular basis who they’re raising up and what that individuals next step is in their development.

Giving them reps accomplishes three things for these young leaders

  • It develops their competencies
  • It strengthens their confidence
  • It enhances their credibility

What’s your next step and getting your young leaders more reps?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mac Lake

Mac Lake

I am the Chief Launch Officer of The Launch Network, a new church planting network based out of West Ridge Church in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area. My role is to get The Launch Network up and running, networking with churches and planters to establish healthy church starts across the U.S. and the world. Our goal is to plant 1000 churches in the next 10 years. My passion is growing leaders for the local church. Every time I hear Bill Hybels say “The local church is the hope of the world” my heart comes out of my chest and it increases my sense of urgency for developing leaders who produce leaders.

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Joe Wickman — 02/17/13 10:59 pm

I couldn't agree more. I've been that young leader who got the reps. Now I'm turning into the leader who's making sure the next generation gets the training. It's essential stewardship.

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