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April 1, 2007

Selecting - A Critical Need of a Leader

In a speech to West Point cadets following the Persian Gulf War, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf said, “In the final analysis, you should never forget that the airplanes don’t fly, the tanks don’t run, the ships don’t sail, the missiles don’t fire unless the sons and daughters of America make them do it. It’s just that simple.”

Good leaders realize that selecting the right people is one of the most important tasks they face. Putting the right people in the right place at the right time is a critical component of leadership. But who are the right people?

The Right People Are Called

People with a calling live by a deep purpose that flows from a divine perspective. They don’t promote themselves; rather they promote a higher cause, something bigger than themselves: a mission, a challenge, a goal or a movement. People called by God have a sense that God has directed them to whatever type of service or work they have before them. Consequently, they do not quit (and could not quit if they wanted to).

The Right People Have Character

People of character live by a personal code of morality that doesn’t succumb to the whim of the moment or the dictates of the majority. Character is not reputation, what others think of us, nor is it success, what we have accomplished. Character embodies the total of our being and actions. It originates with who we are, but it expresses itself in the way we live.

Leaders can’t compromise the need for character when selecting people. No matter how gifted, qualified or seemingly mature a person is, without character those attributes are rendered useless in God’s kingdom.

The Right People Are Committed

Committed people are spiritually authentic; they have made a mature and consistent commitment to Christ and his kingdom purposes. God’s Word shapes their daily lives, and they seek the leadership of God’s Spirit through prayer. Committed people can honestly say to others, “Follow me.”

Wise leaders surround themselves by people committed to God. * The Right People Are Compatible*

Leaders enlist qualified and passionate people to whom they can relate well.

Vince Lombardi once told the Green Bay Packers, “In terms of skill and ability, every one of you is easily replaceable; there are plenty of players around with athletic talent to equal yours.” He went on to explain that the quality that distinguished the Packers from other teams was their “chemistry.” The chemistry that developed between team members and the coach transcended individual talent and prior professional experience. Chemistry enabled the coach to get superior effort from his players.

Peter Drucker said, “All work is for a team. No individual has the temperament and the skills to do every job. The purpose of a team is to make strengths productive and weaknesses irrelevant.” Compatible people work well together and help their teammates perform better so that the common goal is accomplished.

The Right People Are Coachable

Coachable people are aware of their own limitations and are eager to improve. John Wooden, the former basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins, said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

The Right People for the Right Job

A leader who selects the right people for the right job at the right time can give them tremendous responsibility and count on them to do the job. Who are these “right” people? Compatible and coachable people of character who are called and committed to Christ and his kingdom.

Posted by Rick Ezell at April 1, 2007 9:43 AM Bookmark and Share

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