Last week, my wife Heather and I led our youth group on a missions trip to the LA Dream Center. It was an amazing trip full of incredible God moments and eye-opening experiences that will not soon be forgotten.
I also realized 10 leadership lessons that apply to anyone leading a group of people on a trip.
1. Know Who You Are Leading
This seems obvious, but it is often overlooked because, as leaders, we are often too focused on the task at hand.
We get so bogged down in the logistics and the execution of the trip that we forget one of the main purposes… to provide your followers with an unforgettable experience! Whether you are leading a group of athletes, a group of adults, or a group of students… one of your main focuses should be on inspiration.
On this trip, we had 22 students and 8 adults from a variety of different backgrounds with the purpose of ministering to the poor and needy on the streets of Los Angeles.
As the trip progressed, I realized that the names and general backgrounds of the students and leaders was not enough. I needed to learn what made them tick and what inspired them. The more I learned about that aspect of their lives, the better I led them.
How much do you know about those who follow you?
I will develop the other 9 lessons in the coming days.