Training is the Lifestyle of the Leader

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Whether you're a pastor or a school administrator, or the director of a preschool, or a manager at work, (really whatever line of work you're in) if you're working with people, one of the greatest skills you can develop is your ability to constantly equip the people you're working with. Train them, and help them. It's so easy, as a leader, to do that front end training then walk away, say goodbye, lock the door, and never return.

One thing that we wrestle with as leaders, especially as pastors, is "how do we train people?" I want to help you with your mindset on this one, because training is not an event. A lot of times we think training and we think, "What kind of events am I going to do?" Training is not an event. Training is a lifestyle. It is the lifestyle of a leader, and I want you to view it that way. You should really always be training.

One of the things that trips us up as leaders is we overthink training. When we think of training, we think, "Oh, I've got to have this massive program." Or, "I've got to facilitate this training event." Or, "I've got to bring in these speakers. I've got to get everybody there." If you view training as a lifestyle, what you'll do is you'll find yourself always training. Let me give you an example of not overthinking it.

If you have a security team at your church, they may be fine with just a couple huddles every quarter. Maybe once a month you get together for a huddle, and you do a training, and that's good. Don't overthink it anymore than that. Your nursery workers don't need to have a monthly training. Maybe once or twice a year you do something to just really give them a shot in the arm and help them. Maybe instead of doing an actual live face to face event, you do something on YouTube or you do something electronic. You're always trying to do something, and you're not overthinking it. When you do that, training becomes a lifestyle.

When you begin to train on an ongoing basis, you begin to help yourself. You become less frustrated. Your people are going to be doing a better job. They're going to be doing what you need them to do, and it's going to help your leaders and your people because everybody needs help. Everybody needs new ideas. Everybody needs a shot in the arm now and then. One of the secrets I want to share with you today is this: don't view training as something you have to overthink. Don't view training as an event. View training as something you do on a regular basis. It is an ongoing way of life. It's the lifestyle of the leader.

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Ryan Frank