right seats

If you have a student leadership team – formal or informal, written-down or assumed – then this quick thought is for you. (And it applies to other volunteers, or even staff.)

You’ve heard the Good to Great principle of getting the right people on the bus, then into the right seats. The latter describes making sure everyone on the team is in the best possible position (for them and for the organization).

Are your leaders – from the ones leading ministry teams, to small group leaders, to musicians during your large group meeting – maximizing their potential in the role they’ve got? For each person, is this role their “best and highest use”? Or is there a different role they’d really be better in – either because they’re “underperforming” where they are, or because they’d be excellent in that new role?

You don’t have to wait for the usual “leader selections period” to make the change.

Maybe your annual “leadership term” is August to May. If so, then switching things up right now will be easy (or unnecessary, if you’ve chosen perfectly). Or maybe you recently put new leaders in place before the summer, or you have a staggered term, or your leadership is perpetual (including with adult volunteers or staff). Then this might be a little tougher.

But switching people’s “seats” worth considering, and it’s often worth doing. Sure, a small group will be sad if their leader needs to change. And yes, there will be a learning curve for the new guy on the sound board or leading your evangelism team. But you have to be open to this, and brave enough to do it when the opportunity arises.

And whether there’s an opportunity to do it now or not, you should probably set a reminder to check it again in December!

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