Under taught and under valued: A System

January 4, 2010

It's often said that leaders have vision.

Probably the element of leadership that is taught the most often is how to cultivate, develop, communicate, share, and hone your vision as a leader. I think vision is often over taught and talked about too much while the other elements of leadership are neglected from the teaching and attention that they need.

One element of leadership I feel isn't taught enough is about the systems a leader needs to create.

Once a leader's got vision for something he believes should be done and created, he's got to find a system for getting that vision created and accomplished.

Often leaders complain that they're unorganized, that they don't like to do administration, and that they don't like to do implementation. I can understand this, but as a leader you can't just through ideas out there, then expect people to pick them up and run with them (unless you have lots of money to over pay a staff, which is rarely the case).

As a leader you've got to have a system and a method to share your vision that allows it to be implemented.

My system with A Day of Hope was that I always took time to pray and think through all elements of A Day of Hope. I would work to get a feel for what our goals should be, what events we might need to do, who we needed to recruit for our team, how we would execute throughout the year and what progress we needed to make. I also would usually think about possible benchmarks that would tell us if we were on track to doing the work that we had committed to.

As a leader, you might have a vision for what you think needs to be created and accomplished. The next step is to make sure you've got a system in place that will allow you to continue to share that vision, delegate elements of it to others, then monitor it's progress to make sure it serves the needs of your community or business.

Because if you don't have a system for managing your vision, you'll soon find that the vision dies on your lips.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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