Jim Collins, author of “Good To Great,” shares this analogy:
You are a bus driver. The bus, your organization, is at a standstill, and it’s your job to get it going. You have to decide where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and who’s going with you.
Most people assume that great bus drivers (leaders) immediately start the journey by announcing to the people on the bus where they’re going—by setting a new direction or by articulating a fresh, compelling vision.
In fact, leaders of great organizations start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline—first the people, then the direction—no matter how dire the circumstances.
Great leaders understand three simple truths. First, if you begin with “who,” you can more easily adapt to a fast-changing world. Second, if you have the right people on your bus, you don’t need to worry about motivating them. And third, if you have the wrong people on the bus, nothing else matters.
Great vision with mediocre people still produces mediocre results.
Is it any surprise that the top five hiring skills are (on a 5-point scale):
- Communication- 4.69
- Honesty/Integrity- 4.54
- Teamwork- 4.54
- Interpersonal skills- 4.50
- Strong work ethic – 4.46
So, how’s the culture in your church?
How about your home?