I was reading John Chapter One recently and noticed something helpful in leadership. I love the leadership principles of Jesus. I’ve written
In John Chapter One, I saw three more principles. When Jesus began to organize a team, he used practices which maybe helpful for us today, especially those of us who are leading teams during the transition or start-up phase, when recruiting people is paramount to the success of the organization.
Here’s what I saw:
There was a transitional disciple (John 1:35, 40) – Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist and then of Jesus. When developing a team or starting a new team, it’s good to have someone with experience in what you are doing. You need individuals who know how to do what needs to be done, who have learned how to follow, can be influencers to the rest of the team, and who have proven their loyalty. These people are valuable assets to any team.
The team was allowed to help recruit the team (John 1:41, 45) – Andrew found Simon…Philip found Nathanael. Apparently, Jesus allowed some of the disciples to help recruit other disciples. The team helped add to the team. This is a great reminder when you are building a team, adding other team members, or replacing a team member. Get your team involved in recruiting. Their support will increase for the new recruits.
The recruited were already seekers… (John 1:38, 41, 45) - The disciples Jesus recruited here were apparently already looking for the Messiah. They were ready for Him when He came, because they were already seeking something. This is important when looking for new people on a team. People who buy into your vision, remain loyal over time and give their best energies are people who are looking for something new. They are seekers. If you have to talk them into something, it may take longer for them to completely commit.
Have you seen these principles at work in recruiting for your team? Could they be helpful principles?
What would you add to my list as an important principle in recruiting people to your team?