Catalyze means to bring about, inspire!
We are looking for people who can bring about a great work for God and help inspire others.
Read the following, check out your own talents, look at those around you.
If you are one of these leaders then I pray God uses you greatly at Vision.
Here are 5 traits for identify catalyzing leaders:
1. They currently supervise at least 10 people in their work; 20 or more is even better. Donâ€™t just look for talented individuals, sole business owners who sell insurance or run a ma and pa type store. People who manage more than a handful of others often have the catalyzing gene.
2. Interview the person and listen for past experience in terms of being in charge of clubs or groups. For example, â€œI was student body president of my high school.â€ â€œI was the captain of our debate team.â€ â€œI was the youngest to be promoted to district manager in our company.â€ In our work with young leaders in KidLead, weâ€™ve found that catalyzing leaders tend to emerge early in life, as early as preschool when socializing distinguishes the followers from the followed.
3. Theyâ€™ve successfully established ministry teams at church. When you give a catalyzing leader a task, he or she will round up a group of people and gidder done. Others will tend to overwork themselves, stress out over limited resources, and fail to attract others to the cause. Theyâ€™ll say things such as, â€œNobody showed up. Everyone was too busy. People just arenâ€™t committed.â€ Use your local church as a laboratory to test for those able to catalyze others and accomplish things through teams.
4. Theyâ€™re talked about when absent or are looked to when in a group. This is the EF Hutton symptom, â€œwhen they talk, others listen.â€ This person may not be brash, outgoing, or an extrovert, but they do carry a presence about them that is noticed when they are absent. Listen for names that get mentioned frequently and look for those who are asked about by others.
5. Look at those in your church who get things outside of the church. Catalyzing leaders canâ€™t not lead. Because most churches donâ€™t have enough room for them to spread their wings, they gravitate toward community, parachurch, or business arenas that recognize and reward them with opportunities. Google, read the paper, and interview those in your church who may be sitting in the back or attending sporadically, to see who is making the chips fly on the outside .
You may find one or two of these indicators in people who arenâ€™t catalyzing leaders, but most catalyzing leaders will have at least four of them, if not all five. When you ID them positively, do your best to cast a personal vision. Better yet, find three or four of them and get them all together at one time. Theyâ€™ll recognize the trait in each other and when they realize theyâ€™re not alone in the church, theyâ€™re more apt to hope things really can change. Then, let them go. Donâ€™t tie them down with protocol and constraints. Let the horses run.