1 Samuel 7:15 (MSG) Samuel gave solid leadership to Israel his entire life. Every year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah. He gave leadership to Israel in each of these places. But always he would return to Ramah, where he lived, and preside from there. That is where he built an altar to God.
The Vision: Establishing Your Air Space
Establishing air space is a top priority for the new leader. The boundaries for his or her wing span must be set. Carving out air space is one thing establishing that air space is a greater challenge. The new leader must set out to put his or her heart and soul into establishing the air space by effective and open communication with the other leaders within the organization. The new team member must also remember that air space is a high priority and other eagles are always looking to expand their air space even beyond their wing span. Expanding one’s air space even beyond the wing span and maintaining that air space are two different things. There is an old principle at work concerning this matter the, “Use or Lose” principle. If a new leader does not use the air space he or she has carved out by establishing purpose for that air space and results that qualify the use of the said air space he or she will lose it to another leader who can and will establish it. The establishing of air space begins in the new leaders team and extends out to the organization. The more influence and result based response the new leader gets in his or her team will increase the influence and air space he or she possesses in the organization. The new leader establishes air space by creating and leading a successful team. His or her leaders must trust that he or she has their best interests at heart. He or she find other leaders within his or her team to share air space with thus creating the need for additional air space. Once the new leader has established their air space they should begin looking to recruit new leaders.
Establishing Air Space is a Top Priority
The boundaries for newly gained air space must be set. A new leader must be careful not to carve out more air space than they can establish. You have heard the saying, “My eyes were bigger than my belly”, haven’t you? The same principle applies to the new leaders and his or her air space. Open communication with the other leaders in the organization on intended use of this newly carved out air space is vital to establishing it. A new team member should not just seek more air space just to have a n equal or bigger share, he or she should seek mire air space to use it to better his or her team and organization. Open and honest communication can come through individual meetings, team meetings, memos, phone calls, cards, any means by which the new leader wishes to use to communicate his or her passion and vision for the newly acquired air space and how it will benefit the organization including individual the leaders within it. The head leader, team members, and the new leader’s team must buy in to the vision the new leader wishes to communicate.
Other Eagles Are Always Looking to Expand
An important point for the new leader to keep in mind is that other leaders are always looking to expand their air space and spread their wings beyond their wing span. The head leader must have also seen something in them to choose them as a part of the leadership of the organization. While it is vital that all leaders within the organization seek to follow the vision of the head leader they are also seeking to establish their air space with a vision that coincides with the purpose and vision of the head eagle. It is natural for a passionate leader to seek to expand his or her air space and to stretch themselves beyond their wing span. Seeking to grow is always a good thing. The establishment of air space through effective communication of vision and passion is significant to the life of the leader.
The “Use Or Lose” Principle
Expanding one’s air space even beyond the wing span is one thing. Maintaining and establishing that air space is a whole new challenge. If the new leader does not use the air space he or she has worked so hard to carve out it will surely be lost.Establishing a purpose and vision for the air space carved out and showing positive results that qualify the use of that air space are vital to the maintaining of the said air space. The “Use or Lose” principle applies universally. If a leader does not use the resources, people, and space given within his own team or the organization he or she will lose it. If the head leader does not use the leaders he or she has been given it is sure that they will go where they feel they are being used to their full potential.The establishment of air space through effective communication of a vision will ensure that the new leaders can and will expand his or her air space even beyond their wing span.
Establishing Air Space Begins in the Flock
In order for the new leader to establish air space within the organization he or she must first seek to establish the air space within his or her own team. The influence and result based response he or she gains within their own team the greater case for establishment within the organization. People are looking for leader or “eagles” to help them soar. When a new leader comes in and makes changes that benefit the team, the team gets behind them. One of the greatest ways for a new leader to establish air space or “leadership” within his or her team is to invest in the people on the team. Create newsletters, bring in guest speakers, take them to seminars, hand out books, anything that a new leader can put into the hands of their team members to make themselves better establishes the air space for that leader and creates a case for allotting air space within the organization. The members of the team must believe that the new leader has their best interests at heart.
Looking for New Leaders Within the Flock
A new leader must always be on the look out for new leaders from within his own team. Looking for a successor is a wise thing to do. Sharing the air space with the new leaders of their own team will show the organization that the new leader has their best interests at heart as well. How can a new leader expect the other leaders to share their air space if he or she will not share theirs? By sharing air space with new leaders within the new leader’s team they create a need for additional air space in the organization. Building relationships with the new leaders within the new leader’s own team helps to establish the air space within the team by instilling the vision and passion within the new leaders and they in turn cast the vision to the team and their sub-teams.
Once the Air Space Has been Established Look to Expand
Growth is a very important part of the life of all leaders. If one is not growing, they are not living. Once the air space has been established both within the team and the organization the next natural step is to look to expand by recruiting new leaders.Expanding air space to create room for new leaders and personal growth is a challenging task, however, it can be done. Casting and recasting the vision that the new leader has received is vital to the expansion. The first step is establishing the air space. Do not make the mistake of trying to expand before the current air space has been established or one could lose the current air space and have to start over by carving out new air space. The vision empowers to leader to empower his or her team. The vision empowers the leader to empower his or her team.
Life Lessons From The Author
When I was in college we had a special guest come to one of our leadership classes. He communicated the importance of having a vision and direction for the team you are leading. He told us of the value of vision. He informed us that through communicating vision we could extend invitations for others serve . People are looking to make their lives count. People are looking to make a difference. When I took my first leadership position I had already established a vision and mission so that as I began to recruit individuals to join my team they would know the who, what, where, and why. It was amazing to see how many people were willing to serve when they know what you are all about And where you are going. I kept my vision and mission before the people, the team, and the organization. The awesome thing about vision is when one begins to see it grow and expand even further than could have been imagined. The vision that was established opened to doors to begin a summer youth basketball league, large community events for families, a taekwondo school, and feeding program in the community. As the organization’s influence expanded it demanded new leaders and manpower. If I would not have used the air space I had carved out and the people and resources that came along with the expansion I would have lost them all. Just as I sought to expand my air space through vision and mission other leaders within the organizations and other organizations sought to do the same thing. I had to get additional training for myself and I had an obligation to give my leaders the same training opportunities. Building and growing my people was a fundamental part of the expansion’s success. If I would have neglected to recruit and build new leader from within the flock I surely would have failed. If I would have sold myself short by not seeking personal growth I could have never accomplished the vision and mission I had created. Growing my people was just as important as establishing my air space. Without the people to occupy the air space it just gets lost to other teams and leaders who will use both the people and resources. This is a comment I will never forget by one of the wives of a board member during a summer basketball game. “ The things you are doing are what keep this organization alive.” I knew I had established my air space.