A congregation member, when asked to organise the games for a fete - the annual fund raiser for a small town church, went about it like this. He first shortlisted popular games and then identified volunteers among the young folk, assigning a stall-in-charge and an assistant for each game. The rules for the games were defined and a printed copy handed to the volunteers who were then trained on how to manage the crowd, explain rules and make collections.
On the day of the fete he moved around each stall, guiding the volunteers. The energy and the efficiency of the confident youngsters paid off. They made a record collection that day, engaging people to participate and contribute generously. A remarkable effort, for none of them had undertaken such a great responsibility before!
Key leadership traits to note:
Planning - shortlisting of popular games
Delegation - identifying the right people
Organisation - defining the rules
Training - showing others how it's done
Managing - coordinating without disrupting
However, the finest display of true leadership was yet to come. After the fete, the church member got the volunteers to stand before the congregation and praised their efforts, amid claps and appreciation.
The mark of true leadership is to make others excel and give credit for their success. A true leader is selfless. (Read also, IS LEADERSHIP PUSH OR PULL?)