Leadership Programs fail for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is buy-in. Here are three buy-in problems that spell certain doom for most leadership development programs.
Obviously, if the students you are serving don’t buy in to a leadership development program, there isn’t going to be much of a program. Having committed students is at the heart of what you’re doing. Usually, the lack of student buy-in is because of a lack of depth in other programs or a problem with the pitching of your vision. And sometimes, they just don’t respect you.
I know that a lot of time those who deal with youth consider parents to be their enemies. Truth is, they should be your best friends. Because you are only speaking into a student’s life for a short interval each week, parents’ role in leadership development cannot be overlooked. Just like in youth ministry, parent involvement is key.
If the parents of your emerging leaders aren’t buying into a leadership development program, your program will suffer, if it survives at all. Make sure that you are talking to parents constantly, and including them in the process. Give them training, materials, and opportunity to help develop leadership in their own children.
Here’s a real killer. Whether you’re in a school, a church, or civic organization, if the guys who run the show aren’t buying into a leadership program, don’t expect to make a lot of headway. Studies are showing that if the lead person or persons of an organization don’t participate in a leadership development program, that program doesn’t run as well or long as it should.
Lack of administration buy-in will affect things like budget, space, time, and participation. Pitch your vision for leadership development early and often to the people in charge, and move forward cautiously if those in charge aren’t completely on board.
Don’t be blind. Buy-in problems are real, and they sink leadership programs everyday. Don’t ever assume that everyone is on board with your program. Pitching your vision, both to individuals and groups, is essential both before you start and while your program is operating. Involve other people; don’t run your program like its Area 51. Buy-in is essential to your program’s survival, and if you don’t pay attention to it your program will not-so-slowly fall into trouble.