“To me one of the most exciting things that has happened in Teen Challenge in the last 10 years has been the development of the Emerging Leaders Program.”
Check out this short video from Jack Smart about the Emerging Leaders Program!
Let’s recap, so far our acronym “Responsibility“:
Equip and Train
Next Generation Leaders
who lead Self well
As you know, the Level I curriculum focuses heavily on self-leadership because we believe we lead ourselves first before we seek to lead others. In this edition, I will draw heavily onHabitudes 1 “The Art of Self-Leadership” by Dr. Tim Elmore. Elmore says “leaders realize they are drivers – and are responsible for their attitudes and destination in life.” Being a driver is about taking responsibility for yourself and those under your care – taking ownership. “Individuals who don’t want to take responsibility have a victim mind-set; they are passengers in life.” However, when things go wrong, leaders are determined to remain drivers by taking responsibility for their attitudes, how they respond to problems and the direction of their lives.
The role of the Rep is to coach the emerging leader to lead themselves well. Our student leaders are prone to fall short because they are not coached on how to manage themselves well. They have not developed the character to do what’s right even if they don’t feel like it, they are not secured in their identity in Christ and, in the busyness of life and work, our Core Values are not assessed against decisions. As Reps, let us look for those coaching openings/opportunities to help our emerging leaders grow. Identify those gaps in character, help them set SMART goals and execute plans which will move them from making excuses and default patterns to taking responsibility for their lives.