Have you ever noticed that leaders are not evenly distributed across businesses and churches? Have you wondered why some organisations are full of leaders whilst others are struggling to find them? Have you ever heard a pastor or business executive say that what their church or business needs to succeed is for some established leaders to join them?
Andrew Carnegie was an American industrialist in the nineteenth century. Once, when he was being interviewed, the reporter shared the statistic that Carnegie had 43 millionaires working for him. He asked how Carnegie had managed to recruit 43 millionaires into his business. Carnegie’s simple reply was that these men were not millionaires when they started working for him, they had become millionaires as a result.
When Jesus called his disciples, he did not choose people who were already recognised spiritual leaders. He chose ordinary people, and said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They didn’t start as world changers, but that’s what they became as a result.
The reason some churches, businesses and other organisations are full of leaders is not that they were able to recruit a bunch of ready-made leaders. They weren’t all leaders when they first walked through the door, but they became leaders as a result of being there.
If you want to see more leaders in your organisation, you can do better than waiting for some pre-packaged leaders to turn up out of the blue. Look at who is already there, and you will see the leaders you long for just waiting to be developed.