The Pareto Principle is often referred to as the 80/20 rule. which has a lot of applications. In terms of leadership development, 20% of the people in your church/ business/ organization are the top leaders of your organization, and you need to invest 80% of your time in them.
How Do You Spot the People You Need to Invest in?
- Choose people who are compatible with you. They value the same things, they care about the same things, they get excited about the same things.
- Choose people you genuinely expect great things from. If you do not believe in people, you cannot lead them. People know instinctively if you have no confidence in them.
- Work out what people need. You are the leader so lead – set the agenda, tell them what they need to work on, tell them what their strengths and weaknesses are, tell them what meetings they need to be at, tell them how to develop, encourage their strengths, evaluate them honestly and give them feedback.
- Do not continue investing in people who do not listen to you. I am a great preacher, and I also have a lot of experience helping people become better preachers. but when I platform someone from the church then offer feedback and they do not listen, I stop investing in them and stop platforming them.
- Take this seriously. Be available to the leaders you are raising up. The more committed you are to them, the better leaders they will become.