Some things become cliché because they are actually good. They actually work.

 If you have a young leader on your team (an intern, a resident, a new staff member) one way to consider their development is through the following cliché five-step process:

  1. I do. You watch. We talk.

  2. I do. You help. We talk.

  3. You do. I help. We talk

  4. You do. I watch. We talk

  5. You do. Someone else watches.

Seems simple enough. I was on the receiving end of this process over and over between the ages of 20 – 25 (and honestly it probably is continuing today!)

As we age and lead at a higher level we expect the next generation to just “get it” like we did (as if we did!).

We also want to apply this at grand levels of leadership, disciple-making, entrepreneurial tasks, etc.

But the younger the leader, and the more inexperienced the worker, you may find yourself applying this to the most basic of tasks like:

-       Calendars

-       Prioritized to do lists

-       Writing a thank you note to a volunteer

-       Working

-       Meeting attendance

-       Note taking

-       Walking in to a room, looking a new person in the eye, and welcoming them.

-        137 other small things that make up leadership development

“Leadership Development” is not passive. It’s the “how” to that young leader’s “why” and “what.”

I know young college drop outs who lead hundreds of volunteers at their church.

I know MDiv grads who need help on how to make a to-do list.

Both of these future leaders need steps one through four.

 Truly helping a leader develop is based in developmental conversations (steps 1-4 above) and the topic of that conversation might be very, very simple for days, weeks, months to come.

coachingDave Miller