Leadership Rubric: Batons

Leadership in the past, has been defined in a myriad of ways: organizational, tactical, technical, executive and managerial. It has been used to describe the 360-degree leader, the 180-degree leader, the empty leader or the forward leader. They now come in every flavor, size and color.

The Leadership Baton may very well be one of the most important rubrics of our era. Too often, we perceive leadership as one-dimensional with a single-generation mindset. We must think trans-generationally about mentoring fresh emerging leaders.

Some recent statistics tell us that 1500 are leaving the ministry every month due to the retiring of the Baby Boomer pastors and ministers. In the next decade, we will need to replace 180,000 leaders in the churches. That is a staggering statistic!

Someone once said, “Races are won or lost in the passing of the baton.” I agree, but allow me to make one correction. Although passing batons can take just a moment, it’s the heart of that baton that may take a decade.

This is where races will be won or lost. Not only in the baton pass but the heart pass. It takes both to be successful.

No longer can we hastily pass underdeveloped batons. In fact, the whole message of the Old Testament is successfully passing the baton of faith from one generation to another. We can only succeed in this if we learn the lessons before the pass, not after.

True leaders will take the time to build a dependable tarmac for future leaders.

I often wonder what King Saul (of the Old Testament ) would have been if he had only mentored a young shepherd boy rather than being intimidated by him. Then, instead of his tragic end, he would be known as one of the greatest disciplers and tutors of all time!

In a relay race, the baton is passed at the height of a runner’s stride, not in a state of exhaustion. For a predetermined time the passer and the receiver run together. When the second runner matches the speed of the first the baton is then successfully passed.

As a leader, my goal is to first make disciples, and then make peers. That is when the batons are passed. My further hope will be that their success will be greater than mine. That is how races are won. In the end, we all take the victory lap together!

Who are those that you have chosen to run with you? Can you name them? The forming of your team is an intentional decision.

Choose well. Then run hard!

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  1. I remember when I have asked Pastor Wayne Cordeiro to give me a platform to do that which I believe God wanted me to do, he opened the door for me by asking me to develop a team of 25 people which I did. Looking back now, I was not prepared neither ready to be the leader God intended me to be yet. No wonder, when I feel like throwing up my towel, the Holy Spirit would speak to me to stay in this church because He is preparing or training me. Although I did not fully understand what God meant by STAY I AM TRAINING YOU, I obeyed. I have a few hit and run with the leaders of New Hope and I felt like this is no use. I felt like I did not belong here, but why would the Holy Spirit insist on making me to stay? Now, it is coming together. God has to remove all the dross and unnecessary things/persons from within me/my life in order for Him to use me mightily. I am just so unrepentant that I did not see it from day 1. It could have saved me years of misery. Nevertheless, God is good. He never let me down. Someone used to be so close to me has seen God’s hands in my life. He said that he observed that God’s hands is on my life. It is truly coming together now. So, I wonder His recent promise to me even tho’ it didn’t jive with my situation was, 1 Chronicles 17: 2 “…”Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” Now, I am taking my Masters of Science in Accountancy, and the very first course I am taking is about Organizational Behavior which is helping me to put together all the knowledge I got about LEADERSHIP like an organized pieces of puzzle. Hmmmm…so AMAZING to see how God is working in our lives.

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