The first Catalyst Conference I attended was in 2001, just before I went on staff there. Jim Kouzes, author of “The Leadership Challenge” was one of the speakers. One comment he made stuck with me. He said “Sooner or later every single person in your organization will leave”. He continued to say “people don’t quit their jobs, they quit their managers”. So why do your staff members quit? 2 reasons:
1. Sooner or later everybody leaves – At first glance this can be a real downer. To know that God has called you to a great vision and that many of the people you’re working with today to accomplish it, won’t be with you to see its fulfillment.
But it’s possible to leverage this reality. If you know every single person will leave your organization, how do you go as far as you can with them?
You have to learn to incubate people. If people are going to eventually leave you’ll get the most out of them by making a great investment in them and their dream. You have to become their head coach and their cheerleader. Celebrate when people who are ready……leave to pursue their call
2. They quit because of you – If people are leaving because of you, chances are, you don’t know it. In my experience with church building, I’ve come to realize a church is like any other organization. Meaning it has some great leaders, and some people who aren’t very self aware. Here are a couple of questions to determine which one you are.
Who are you making a significant investment in?
How often are you caught off guard by a resignation?
When people do leave, do you feel like you don’t know the whole story?
Do you find yourself reviewing their flaws?
If people are leaving because of you, the remedy is to understand that everybody leaves…. and then help them do it well.
Who is the first person that comes to mind as you read this? Are they getting the best of you as a coach and cheerleader? How can you get next level with them today?