Due to the internship I oversee and the culture our church has created, I have the honor and privilege to be surrounded by an immense number of young up and coming leaders. Are you a young up and coming leader or do you know someone who fits that description? Give me the next 90 seconds to help you with this one key thought. Here it is…. “Think process. Not product.” There is a place to think about the product that you are producing through your leadership. But right now, as a young leader, you need to develop the processes that will sustain a trajectory of growth for your entire life. If I want to learn how bake great blueberry muffins, then I know that simply eating blueberry muffins won’t suffice. I need to get my but up from the table, walk into the kitchen, throw on an apron, and learn the process from the chef himself. The same applies to your leadership. If you want to be a great leader, then get up from the table, get under other great leaders, and learn their process.
You have great potential in you. As a result, potential isn’t your problem. Process is. Instead of just thinking about who you could be. Start thinking about how you are going to get there. In other words, You need to start working on how you are making you better.
One of the great ways you can grow as a young leader is by finding yourself a mentor. Here is a simple question that will help you get the most of your mentor. Whether your mentor is in person or a leader that you look up to through books, internet, etc., don’t just ask about the product he is currently producing. Instead ask, “What process did he go through to produce who he is today?” Then ask God to help you discern the process that He is bringing you through. If you think process and not product, you will position yourself to stop dreaming about being great and actually start working on being great. Get that apron on! Get in that Kitchen! Think process! You can do it!
Here are a few great resources to help your grow your process:
- Bible (www.youversion.com)