The LDP has four steps: schooling, apprenticeship, opportunity and failure
Healthy Communities, Effective Organizations and dynamic Teams each employ some form of an LDP that is periodically adjusted to suit their unique need for Leaders and the manner by which they develop them. While every LDP reflects the purpose and character of the particular Group in which it is housed, every useful process has a form of the same four components:
• First there is some kind of Schooling , the didactic instruction that the potential Leader receives on the timeless fundamentals of leadership.
• The second component is Apprenticeship , where the new Leader is given the chance to develop the skills he learned from his Schooling under the watchful eye of a more experienced Leader.
• Third comes Opportunity , the chance for the growing Leader to put what he has learned into practice under conditions where he is directly responsible for the outcome. While Schooling + Apprenticeship creates a Leader with the potential to be Effective, Opportunity is the required element for the man’s skill to become kinetic and have actual impact on his Group.
• The fourth component is Failure . A Lizard uses its LDP to intentionally court minor disaster in order to fully develop its Leaders, because it is from Failure that Leaders learn the most. Success teaches far less because it does not isolate what works from what does not the way Failure does.
The LDP depends upon decentralized execution to a central purpose
F3 is an Organization whose purpose is to invigorate male Community leadership. Not surprisingly, since our Mission is leadership development itself, F3 needs a very deliberate Leadership Development Process to be Effective.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
— Mary Pickford
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
— George Eliot
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the newone can come.”
— Joseph Campbell
Daily Storytelling Time
There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old shotgun and three shells. So, he decided that he would go out and kill something for dinner. As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit and he shot at the rabbit and missed it. Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it.
As he went further, he saw a wild turkey in the tree and he had only one bullet, but a voice came to him and said “pray first, aim high and stay focused.”
However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattle snake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake.
Still, the voice said again to him, “I said ‘pray, aim high and stay focused.”
So, the man decided to listen to the voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey.
The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head and killed it. And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond.
When he stood to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer and a turkey to eat. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.
Moral of the story: Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God.