Train Your Successors

How to Leave Your Mark

How do you want your leadership to be remembered? Answering that is a good exercise. Preparing for that is a sacred duty. Jesus said expectantly, “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 NRSV). Jesus prepared them for the day he would be gone. We can do likewise by:

  1. Distilling our successful methods into reproducible steps and processes
  2. Delegating responsibilities to others
  3. Departing with confidence in them

Answer this in the Comment section: What is one of the best leadership skills you admire in others? 

Laura Savage-Rains--coach, speaker, writer--is the founder and author of who is using her 30+ years of ministry and leadership experience to teach women how to lead with passion. She is a native Texan who has also lived in foreign places such as Alabama and Romania. She makes her home in Lakeway, Texas, with her husband, Mark. She loves to write, speak, and teach the Bible. She is also a women's ministry team member, choir member, stepmom, and Grammy to 3 little girls. She loves dark chocolate with caramel, "The Sound of Music" movie, and Barbra Streisand's music.

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5 thoughts on “Train Your Successors

  1. I admire leaders who empower others, who make group members feel part of the team, valued for their ideas and contributions.

  2. I admire leaders who come to the planning table with a willingness to hear from others, adapt plans to include others’ ideas, and work as a team toward what is now a shared goal. Otherwise, the “team” merely becomes a mechanism for carrying out one person’s vision and the tasks related to that one person’s vision. I have found it is easier (and certainly more pleasant) to follow a leader who conveys an openness to hear ideas from others. It also makes team members more likely to want to step up to greater levels of leadership when they see, over time, that their ideas are affirmed and valued.