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4 Stages To Use When Replicating Leaders

Has there been a moment when you took a look at everything you had to do and said to yourself, “I wish there were more of me”? At the end of the day, do you ever glance at the clock and wonder where the time went? 

My kids are young now, but I know the day is coming soon when they turn 16 and start asking me for the keys to my car. It would be foolish of me to send them for a night out behind the wheel without them being properly trained. Driving takes instruction and a lot of practice, and believe me- when the time comes, my kids will have both before I send them out on the road by themselves. When you replicate leadership in someone, they also need instruction and practice. Here is an easy way to think through replication. 
  • I do/you watch
  • I do/you help
  • You do/I help
  • You do/I celebrate
In this progression, there are points for positive encouragement and constructive critique which effectively equips someone to replicate what you do. Eventually, they will be able to get behind the wheel and bring someone else along for the ride.

Last year I spent time helping leaders think through these ideas and you can learn more about this on the Connect Team Youtube Channel that I made for them. LINK

Read the thoughts below or check out this video where I break down these stages.

In this stage, I asked someone (a potential volunteer) if they would be interested in being on a team of individuals that would help me lead the Huddle. Learn more about the huddle here LINK.

I simply asked several leaders to join me and watch me lead the huddle at the same time giving them a picture of what it would look like for them to lead the huddle as well. I provided them a copy of the huddle template and the roles and responsibilities of this task. I did this with the intention of helping them see what it would look like to lead.

This is an example of casting a compelling vision of what this looks like to lead without feeling the pressure to do so.

After the huddle was over, I asked this volunteer what they liked best and what big insights they got from the working through the first stage. I asked this volunteer to choose a time to help me lead a function of the Huddle.

This could be, sharing a story, reporting the announcements, sharing the day’s events and even ending the huddle in prayer. The goal here was to let them carry enough of the weight without feeling all of the responsibility, giving them a small win.

After we finished I asked this volunteer the same thing I did in the first stage. I asked this volunteer what they liked best and what big insights they got from working through the first stage.

Then I gave them the BIG ask.

In this stage, I asked this volunteer to commit to a date when they could lead the majority of the Huddle and I offered to help him/her, during that time, in any way he/she needed it.

What is important about this stage, is that this volunteer is owning most of the responsibility. I have had to learn to be ok with the fact that individuals in this stage may fail. Following the 80% rule has been helpful. If they can do what I need them to do at least 80% capacity then that is a win!

They may make mistakes and that’s ok. That is why you are there to help them carry the weight of responsibility. After several of my volunteers led the Huddle, I focused my time on encouraging them by giving them constructive criticism and 1-2 encouraging words.

If you can get 1-2 leaders to this stage than pat yourself on the back! Now, the most important stage of them all...

In this stage, I’m celebrating with them.

You are encouraging them and really helping them replicate the previous stages with someone else, on their own. This is where most people stop the process.

In this stage, I provide them with the four stages on a piece of paper and a video so they could rewatch what they have learned and even use for their own replication with someone else. This is a great equipping opportunity.

Using the four stages helps a person move from awareness of an idea to the adoption of leading effectively and furthering their own discipleship journey with someone else.

  1. What do you like best about the four Stages?
  2. What are the biggest things that keep you from implementing each or any of the stages? 
  3. Who has taken you through similar stages and what do recall about those moments? 
  4. Using the four stages, write down how you would replicate your leadership with someone if they were to ask you how they could help you lead in your area of ministry? 
  5. Think of a time someone took you through a similar process that helped you grow spiritually? 
    1. Who was it? What did they do? How did you change? 
  6. Which stage seems most challenging to you and why? 
  7. Who is someone you would like to take through the four stages?
  8. What are some possible blind spots that keep you from replicating the 4 stages with someone else?