Over on Leadership Network’s Digital’s blog, I’ve posted a couple of brief pieces exploring how technology might helpfully inform a new model of spiritual leadership formation.
- Toward a New Model of Leadership Development, part 1
- Toward a New Model of Leadership Development, part 2
I’m on the Leadership Development Team in my church and we are in the second year of executing our own program for leadership development.
The heart of our approach is the Coach – Leader or Mentor – Protege relationship. Their one-on-one meetings are the most important thing that happens. Supplementing those meetings and relationships are workshops that we offer once a month for all the Coaches and the Leaders. The workshops are interactive and participatory and they should end with both practical and learning assignments that are to be executed by the leaders as they discuss them with their coaches. We aren’t doing much yet in the area of online training, though I envision a future where we’ll have both live workshops (only the ones that are really kick-butt) and online training as well.
We don’t have this down yet, but I do think we have a good beginning. The primary challenge for us in achieving excellence, in my opinion, is developing and nurturing a greater be one/make one leadership culture where everyone who is a leader is bringing someone alongside themselves. Along these lines, one element I’d like to see us add next year is role-based shadowing. And, finally, though we do have one theological cohort with both staff and lay leaders, I think that we need to be more intentional about theological education.
But I do think that we have made a good beginning at a more holistic approach to leadership formation than the typically nearly exclusive information transfer type training I’ve been a part of in the past.
Here are some one page summaries of our approach: