Lifeshapes is a language of discipleship, which enables us to be led and to lead others. In these posts [which assume familiarity with Lifeshapes] I want to reflect on their application in leadership development – taking people on from being able to take responsibility for themselves, to leading others, to leading leaders. In particular, I want to ask the questions:
Which shape is primary at each stage?
What character issues and skills issues need to be addressed at each stage (building on the previous stage)?
These reflections are very much a work in progress! Feed-back welcome.
Becoming a leader of leaders of mid-sized groups (e.g. celebration composed of clusters, overseeing children and youth teams)
Primary shape: the circle – choosing to learn from life
[This is counter-intuitive, as the circle is the first shape, and the summary of Jesus’ entire ministry: repent and believe. The circle is foundational to a life of discipleship. However, I am exploring the possibility that it might become the primary shape at this stage.]
Character issues: am I living in the power of the Spirit? am I dying to success? can I take risks?
Skills issues: are those I am discipling turning into effective leaders?
Secondary shape: the square – defining the priorities of life
Character issues: am I willing to go round the square again myself, in order to grow?
Skills issues: how easy do I find it to lead leaders who are/whose groups are at different stages of the square?
Secondary shape: the pentagon – knowing your role in life
Character issues: am I using my role as an excuse for character flaws? am I growing into my calling? am I being mentored in relation to my role?
Skills issues: am I developing role-specific skills?