Leaders have many tasks, goals, and priorities. This just comes with the territory of leading. One of they key tasks then of a leader is to prioritize all the responsibilities and execute what matters most. So how do you figure out what is the priority?
Take for example IJM’s Campus Chapters. For those leading a Campus Chapter, or really any team, there are so many tasks to execute. You are planning meetings and campaigns, raising money, holding meetings, looking for partnerships among other things. Of all these, what should you focus on the most? What should be your priority?
When you are the leader of a team, especially one like a Campus Chapter that will continue to exist after your season of leading, your priority needs to be raising up new leaders who will take over when you’re gone.
Many of you have invested semesters and years into building an incredible team and soon your season of leading on campus will come to a close. Don’t let all your hard work fizzle when it can be the foundation for even bigger and better impact in the years to come. You need to raise up a new leader.
Ways to raise up a new leader:
Once you’ve found a few people, you need to do the most important step:
There are times when the situation calls for a leader to stand up and take control (think Jack on LOST). But most of the time, the existing structures and norms of a group will require a person to be asked to lead. This could be as simple as you appointing someone to be the next leader or inviting them to an application process. Regardless of how it’s done, you need to ask them to lead.
As we head towards the end of the semester, if you haven’t already done so, please find a leader to take over after your time has ended. Make this a priority and be able to watch how your investment continues to grow.
Be on the look out in the next few weeks for NorthStar14 updates. If you want to help lead a justice movement, this is for you!
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Greg leads International Justice Mission’s (IJM) College Mobilization team working to equip college students to grow in their understanding and passion for God’s call to seek justice. His team oversees hundreds of IJM Campus Chapters, the Stand For Freedom campaign, and the North Star Conference. He is a frequent speaker at events, conferences and churches.
He is the author of Passion Is Not Enough and the upcoming title Wasted Prayer. Greg loves launching creative ideas, including the non-profit organizations World Causes and Backstage Leadership. He lives outside Washington D. C. with his wife and two children.
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