What Will Happen After Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet Or You Leave The Helm?

What Will Happen After Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet Or You Leave The Helm?

Every organization, cause or group must have great leaders to effectuate vision. We all can identify great leaders that have impacted us but what about who comes after them? The number one mark of great leadership is their ability to develop the next great leader. For instance, much of the press is concerned about what will happen to Apple after Steve Jobs retires. Others are concerned about what will happen to Berkshire Hathaway after Buffet retires. Many articles have used Microsoft as an example of what can happen when a great leader moves on – when Bill Gates ran the company Microsoft’s market cap was bigger than Apple’s. Some writers have pointed to the ineffectiveness of the civil rights movement post Dr. Martin Luther King as another example of leadership failure in the next generation. Churches, ministries and nonprofits also face this most important issue: What will happen to the churches T.D. Jakes or Joel Olsteen lead after they move on? The short to all of the aforementioned questions is whatever those leaders design to happen.

Truth be told, the Catholic church has for centuries stuck to what may be one of the best models for leadership development and perpetuation. Aren’t the eyes of the world focused on the Vatican when the moment comes to announce a new Pope? Why? I think it’s simply because they have a well known and understood system for passing the leadership torch. One pope leaves and the next level of leaders choose one from among them to lead the church. Now, I’m sure there are internal politics and maneuvering involved but the world is excluded from such information. The final result is a church that keeps moving with continuity.

The Old Testament provides us with another example of developing the next generation of leadership in Moses tutelage of Joshua. Moses, the great Jewish leader of the Old Testament, had to learn the hard way that he needed a leadership model. Moses, like most great leaders, tried to do everything for his people only to discover that as their numbers grew so did their needs. There came the point where he had to finally accept that he needed to develop new leaders or he would fail and so would the movement. One of the leaders he spent the most time developing was Joshua. Here are a few things we can learn from Moses about developing the next great leader:

1. Help them establish confidence and credibility. Joshua was chosen by Moses to defeat the Amalikites in the wildeness, the Isaelites first battle after leaving Eygpt. This gave Joshua an opportunity for a small win, building his credibility as a future leader and his confidence in his giftedness. The Lord instructed Moses to write Joshua’s name in a memorial book. This public award was another way to build this young leader’s confidence and credibility (Exodus 17:9-14).

2. Make them your apprentice. Of all of the men of Israel, including Aaron and Hur, there was no one else that Moses saw fit to go with him to meet God on the mountain than Joshua. Here we find the old gaurd and the new gaurd, together, going to get instruction for the people (Exodus 24:13).

3. Trust their giftedness and information. It was Joshua who interrupted Moses’ visit with God to warn him about the people’s false worship. Showing his own personality he described the noise he heard as war and was ready to fight. Again this a foreshadowing of Joshua’s gifting for his call – he was always and would always be a fighter. God identified early to all that Joshua had what it took for the “taking” of Canaan, there is no way Moses could have made it as the leader during this generation, it required Joshua’s giftedness (Exodus 32:17).

4. Make sure they share your spirit for the work. Whenever Moses entered the tent to speak with God face to face, he brought Joshua with him. Often Joshua would not leave, sitting there basking in the glory of the Lord. Joshua gained favor in God’s sight because he never tried to usurp Moses’ authority, as Aaron did. Joshua submitted, he was humble, yet he was tough – a warrior who gained his strength from worship and reverence of God, just like Moses. This is why Joshua could step into his role as a new leader with much confidence, he felt they same way about the work as Moses did (Exodus 33:11).

5. Teach your values. Joshua wanted to rebuke and shut-up the two elders who were prophesing because they did not come to the Tabernacle. Moses taught Joshua to appreciate the value of an authentic move of God and not to be so quick to let personal convictions get in the way of God (Numbers 11:28).

The Moses or Catholic church model are just two examples for leadership development and perpetuation, there are many others. The simple fact is, as a leader you must establish a culture where a model exists, otherwise whatever you worked to build will soon fade away.


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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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