This past weekend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran wide receiver Michael Clayton. Clayton was a first round draft pick several years ago and really produced for the Bucs during his rookie season. Since that time his productivity and stats have dropped almost off the chart. He is a great guy, a motivating leader and a wonderful mentor to the younger players. His only problems was…he didn’t produce at the job he was asked to do….so he had to go in order to make room for someone who would.
Being a great motivator and mentor is an important aspect of being a leader. Being a likable person and having a positive attitude are also important characteristics. However, if a leader is unproductive…doesn’t get the work done they were asked to do…then they are not a leader. At Compass Point we’ve seen some very motivating and positive people come through our leadership ranks. The reason they didn’t stay in leadership or coach one our ministry teams very long was because…they just didn’t get the work done. They failed to create documents for greater clarity, failed to make assigned due dates with projects, failed to create a written level of accountability for those they were leading…or simply never produced the results that they were initially asked to achieve.
Leadership demands many things…but the main thing is the ability to produce results. Having someone in leadership with a great personality is all well in good…but if the goals are not being met…a change must take place. It’s hard…it calls for a difficult conversation…it may involve some hurt feelings…but it is necessary in order to see that that church’s God-given vision is realized.