- Ron Edmondson
It can be hard to know when to jump into the leading position.I work with lots of young leaders. And, they ask the question a lot of whether I think they are ready to be in a lead position. And, I want to be helpful. Don’t misunderstand—most of these people are leaders now—they are usually leading some area of ministry, but they aren’t in the “leading position." They aren’t yet the senior leader—but they believe they want to be some day. I frequently get asked when is the right time to make the jump. I wish I knew the magical answer. I don’t. I do believe you can jump too soon. I also believe you can wait too long. You can jump before you’re ready. I’ve seen some leaders make the switch to senior leader only to find out they wish they had prepared a little longer. Some then go back under another senior leader. And, sadly, I’ve seen some completely crash and burn—and take years to recover. Some never go back to the lead position. I’ve seen others wait long after they were ready. They missed opportunities in leadership and, in the process, they frustrated everyone, including themselves, because they didn’t make the move. Staying anywhere too long can cause frustration to a team—and the one who stays. It’s a fine line. So, my advice for the leader wondering when to make the jump to senior leadership is pretty simple. When you’ve lived in the tension for too long—it’s time to jump. What’s the tension? Well, I believe you’ll know it when you’re living it. It is probably why you would read a post like this, but let me give some symptoms.