How do you know it’s time to move on?
Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40.
Welcome to Episode 27 of the podcast.
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How do you know when you’re done with a phase in your life? It takes courage to hear the hard truth, make a change and blaze a trail for the next generation. Brad Lomenick tells us how to make that transition a more positive and peaceful experience.
- Recognize that succession is part of leadership. When you see change in your organization going up and to the right, it doesn’t always mean that leadership is following the same pattern. The work you put into a ministry may promote growth, but you can’t assume you’re in a good place personally because things in your organization are going well. Brad said he recognized that his leadership was becoming stale because the people around him weren’t flourishing; there was little to no change in those he was trying to influence. Mature leaders know when it’s time to let go and don’t hang on too long. To ensure the future growth of the ministry, you have to prepare the next generation to step up.
- Understand your calling is just a chapter, not the entire book. When Brad’s 10-year season at Catalyst ended, it didn’t change his overall calling. He knew that he was still mean to “influence influencers.” Just because one chapter in your calling has ended, it doesn’t mean that the book is complete. The calling is on your life, not just a season.
- Realize that what you do isn’t all of who you are. Brad no longer had the passion to take Catalyst to the next level, so he relied on his faith to take him into the next season. Leaders hang on too long because they’re not sure they’re capable of doing anything else. They’ve built a sense of identity around what they do, and if they try something different, they may fail. But who you are is not what you do. Brad says his identity is in Jesus. He may not be “Catalyst Brad” anymore, but he’s fulfilled in identifying himself as a follower of Jesus.
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