Ready for Some “Far Out” Leadership Thinking?

May 25, 2009 - Mac Lake - Leadership Development, Mentoring
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A pastor friend of mine, Russ Miller of James Island Christian Church, had a guest speaker come to his church recently to talk about the value of family.  The speaker blew everyone’s minds when he said, “I want to share my 150 year plan for my family.”  I’ve heard of a one year plan, a three year plan and even a ten year plan…but that is the first I’ve ever heard of someone having a 150 year plan.  Now that’s some “far out” thinking, if you know what I mean.

I think there is a great leadership principle here for us:  Think in terms of Generations.  Paul does this in 2 Timothy 2:2

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. “

Do you see it? Paul is challenging Timothy to think multiplication way beyond himself.  His mentoring was going from…

Paul   –   Timothy   –   Reliable men   –   Others

This would make Paul the Leadership Great Grandfather of the “Others”.  As you look at your own leadership challenge yourself to do some “far out” thinking.  When you’re mentoring someone challenge them to be developing someone who will develop someone.  Wouldn’t it be great to get to the end of your life and know that you’re the Leadership Great Grandfather of hundreds of leaders?

What can you do this week to begin to think and act in terms of generations?

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