Lately, I've tried being a little more focused in what I'm posting. This has resulted in mainly thoughts about ministry (to students in particular) and leadership. I'm sure this will drift a little, as my life has other facets to it. As I've spent more time on the blog, I've taken to reading some of my old posts. Three specific ones prompted me to revisit them. And that got me thinking...
When I entered full time ministry, I was 22 years old and fresh out of college. I was also a Southern, east coast transplant in Orange County, CA. Needless to say, I was a young, naive, fish out of water. I also had almost no training in leading others. That's why I went to Saddleback. I wanted to be trained.
After moving back to South Carolina in 2009, I spent some time working at Target. I was pleasantly surprised that I found some very good leadership training there! I wrote more about it in these three posts. (Links here, here, and here.)
Question: What training are you seeking in leadership?
Leaders are sometimes born, but they are more often made. And education and experience have equal parts in the formula.
I don't know what your story is. I'm not sure if you had the chance to go to college or do an internship. But I do know that you (and I) should be striving to make yourself better. There's all kinds of training available, both paid and free. But I think the best is always found in the context of a mentor/mentee relationship.
There's also lots of books. I can't even begin to list them all, but two of my faves are Andy Stanley's Next Generation Leader and Donald T. Phillips' Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times.
If someone you knew were looking for direction in how to be a better leader, where would you point them? Leave your direction in the comments!