Teaching the Next Generation to Lead with InfluencePosted by John C. Maxwell
Working with the Global Church to better engage youth in a postmodern context, we wanted to partner with who’s doing leadership best. That would be prevailing spiritual leadership developer John Maxwell. Working together, we developed his EQUIP leadership program for a youth-centered audience to influence tomorrow’s spiritual leaders starting today. We are so excited about the potential of this partnership and program! Appreciate John’s enthusiasm, wisdom and Kingdom-mindedness.
One of the most common questions people ask me is how to grow their organizations. My answer is always the same: grow the leaders.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. A good leader raises the potential of the entire organization he or she leads. A bad leader is a lid on an organization. The better the leaders get, the greater the potential an organization has for impact and influence.
How do you make a community, region or country better? Same answer: improve the leaders. But that can be a difficult challenge in places where leadership is positional, entrenched and self-serving. What if they don’t want to change? Then we need to teach the next generation how to lead. However, that can also be difficult when young people have a negative perception of what it means to be a leader. If they see leadership as exploitative or abusive, they don’t want anything to do with it.
My desire is to make a positive impact on that next generation, and I know that’s the strong desire of OneHope, too. That’s why I’m so excited by the opportunity for EQUIP, my NGO, to partner with OneHope in a leadership training program for teens and tweens. Together, we have developed a biblically-based leadership curriculum. It emphasizes the development of character and leadership competencies, a focus on adding value to people, and the use of influence for youth to make their world a better place.
Take a look at the topics included in the curriculum:
Each lesson includes an example of leadership from Scripture, as well as a challenge to take action to begin developing influence with others.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to engage in this partnership with OneHope. It’s an honor to be working together to make a difference in countries around the world.
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