How Church Planters Can Evaluate Potential Leaders

How can church planters evaluate potential leaders? Whether you lead an athletic organization, church, business, nonprofit or in education, these principles are for you.

How Church Planters Can Evaluate Potential Leaders

Everyone wants talent, but talent is never enough when selecting a leader. One of my favorite leaders is Mike Linch, the incomparable senior pastor of NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga. I recently wrote about Mike’s leadership in the post You Will Never Be a Friendly Church Without This One Thing.

Mike also has an incredible podcast titled Lunch With a Leader in which he talks with world-class leaders about how they manage the intersection of faith and work. Recently, his guest was Kevin Burrell. Kevin has worked in professional baseball as both a player and scout for the past 32 years. He currently serves with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. You can hear their full interview here.

Kevin also serves as CEO, Chief Encouragement Officer, of “From the Sandlot – 2 – The Sweet Spot” where he is passionate about helping baseball coaches and scouts reach their full leadership potential. His goal is to see next generation leaders in baseball understand the importance of living a life of character and integrity, in order to maximize their influence in life.

Mike asked Kevin about the qualities he looks for in a potential draftee. As Kevin responded, I knew there were significant applications for not only athletes but all leaders in general. Whether you lead an athletic organization, church, business, nonprofit or in education, these principles are for you.

The following are 10 Things Talent Evaluators Look for in Potential Leaders as provided by Kevin Burrell:

  1. Talent Evaluators Look for Fundamental Skills in Potential Leaders – There are certain fundamentals requirements future leaders must have to be successful in your industry. In baseball, they are referred to as the five tools: hitting, power, running, throwing and the fielding tools.
  2. Talent Evaluators Look for a Competitive Spirit in Potential Leaders – How competitive is the player?
  3. Talent Evaluators Look for Passion in Potential Leaders – How driven is the player to succeed?
  4. Talent Evaluators Look for Character in Potential Leaders – What type of character does the player have when faced with adversity?
  5. Talent Evaluators Look for Integrity in Potential Leaders – What type of integrity does the player have?
  6. Talent Evaluators Look for People Skills in Potential Leaders – What type of teammate is the player?
  7. Talent Evaluators Look for Grit in Potential Leaders – Will the player give up or give in?
  8. Talent Evaluators Look for Emotional Intelligence in Potential Leaders – What sets this player apart emotionally from the average player that will carry him to the major leagues?
  9. Talent Evaluators Look for How Many People Are Already Following a Potential Leader – What type of leader is the player?
  10. Talent Evaluators Look for Good Decision-Making and the Right Priorities in Potential Leaders – What does the player prioritize in life?

What is one thing you learned from this great leader that will help you evaluate potential leaders for your organization?

This article originally appeared here.

Brian Dodd
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