One of our jobs as leaders is to uncover future leaders and bring them along side us. Whether it’s a church, a non-profit or other organization, discovering future leaders is one of the defining characteristics of long term success. Here are seven indications you may have discovered such a person:
- They like to talk about what you like to talk about. A future leader likes to visit and talk about things you like to talk about. They may not agree with you on everything. But they like to think about the mission of the organization, etc.
- They are eagerly committed. Lots of people are committed. But future leaders are eagerly committed. They will jump at the chance to get involved. They are happy to be serving. They find enjoyment in the mission and purpose of the organization.
- They stay the course and don’t give up. Future leaders have the gift of tenacity and perseverance. They don’t give up easily.
- They use words like “we” and “us” when talking about your organization. When someone with leadership ability begins to use words that includes themselves, there is a level of ownership that can’t be taught or even bestowed.
- They are gifted in the area of leadership. Is there evidence of fruit from their leadership? Have they been faithful in small ways? Have they done their jobs well?
- They share a vision for the organization. Whether they are there for the long haul or for a short season, they can share a vision for what you can accomplish together.
- They smile a lot and have a good rapport with people. There isn’t any level of leadership that doesn’t involve getting along well with others. If you find this characteristic, then you are on your way to developing a natural leader.