A leader’s SCOPE of influence is developed by addressing five key areas. These can often help overcome natural inhibitors and, importantly, they then help in allowing God to bring necessary change in our lives. Rather than just assume I can simply coach change into people, I need to facilitate the change that God brings. This often requires more patience than I will naturally demonstrate. So, here’s the key areas I find helpful to develop in those I lead.
- Spiritual Gifts. How are you wired by God? I want people to be the best version of themselves and not just another version of me. Using inventories or surveys can be helpful to identify gifts, but some so-called ‘gifts’ are needed by every person. Just ‘having a go’ alongside mature counsel can often help differentiate between aptitude and attitude and then provide feedback for rapid and effective growth in the right areas.
- Character. Unpacking who someone is when no-one is looking is easiest when walking through scenarios using questions that are asked directly, but lovingly. I might assume nothing, but I don’t need to investigate everything. Integrity is not shaped all at once. Relationships need to be natural and not interrogative. Conversations might start with the obvious and unpack the beliefs that shape what is evident.
- Orientation. Do your life choices and priorities adequately position you to take advantage of the opportunities God is calling you into for ‘such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14)? Many people can answer that already, but some can’t. It is not my place to dictate what these should be, but just to steer with the right questions to promote alignment for greater effectiveness, wherever possible.