Are you growing as a leader? (Max Pixel)

In my experience, it's easier to hide bad leadership in a place that isn't growing.

However, the larger an organization gets—the more growth that occurs—the more bad leadership becomes apparent.

As a leader for the last several decades, I've learned the times my leadership is stretched the most are the times we are growing—and changing—the fastest.

As an organization grows:

  • People ask harder questions and challenge the process.
  • More decisions have to be made.
  • There never seems to be enough time.
  • Better systems are needed.
  • The people required to do the work increases.
  • Leadership development becomes more important.
  • Effective delegation and management is necessary.
  • Resources are stretched.
  • Commucication is often messy.
  • Tensions are high.

I have even wondered if an organization can outgrow the capacity of a leader. (I certainly think it could outgrow me.)

Here's the bottom line.

As the organization grows—as things get bigger—the leader must be equally growing.

This can be a sobering word for leaders. But leadership is often a sobering reality. The leader must understand—continuing to grow an organization always requires a leader to continually grow.

Which leads me to close with an important question:

What is your personal leadership development plan?

Ron Edmondson is the senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

This article originally appeared at ronedmondson.com.

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