Are You Too Busy to Develop Leaders? Perfect!

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3 ways your busy-ness as a leader can actually help others.

There are dozens of excuses people give for not developing leaders. But the number-one excuse I hear is … “I’m too busy to develop anybody.”

It’s true, leaders are busy people. They have places to go, people to see and things to do.

However, the “I’m too busy” excuse actually indicates you’re perfectly positioned to develop other leaders. Here’s why:

The busier I am, the more opportunity there is for a potential leader to follow me and watch what I do.

Leadership is more caught than taught, so invite a potential leader to follow you around and observe your activities. You would be amazed at what they can learn, not only sitting in meetings with you, but those little moments before or after meetings can be great opportunities to share leadership nuggets.

The busier I am, the more I have to give away.

Make a list of what you’re doing, and ask yourself who can you give certain tasks to and how can it be used as a developmental opportunity. Not only will this help the potential leader, but it will help you offload some of your busyness.

My busyness is an opportunity to lead by example.

I can show the potential leader how I establish priorities, produce results, work though people and manage my time. One day they will be a “busy leader,” too, so watching you may help them learn to establish priorities and be busy with the right things.

Today’s Challenge: Look over your week and highlight opportunities you have to develop a leader in the context of your current schedule.  

Mac Lake Mac Lake is the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church with 13 campuses, where he oversees leadership development, small groups, missions, communications, and internships. He is a popular church leadership conference speaker and the author of the training resource Growing Small Group Leaders. Learn more from Mac at

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