How to Attract Leaders Who are Better Than You

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Five field-tested truths for attracting high capacity leaders.

This week, I’m sharing leadership lessons I’ve picked up from North Point Community Church.

The Drive Conference is a leadership incubator, and being a partner church of North Point has helped our team see and experience world class leadership development up close.

After yesterday’s post about what I learned from North Point on team alignment, I want to share another defining characteristic of North Point’s leadership: How to attract leaders who are better than you are.

North Point has done this so well. Andy Stanley is one of the best communicators and leaders in the world, but his bench goes deep — very deep.

For 11 years, he worked with Reggie Joiner, a world class leader in his own right who leads the now global Orange movement, designed to help churches and families partner together to influence the next generation. (Hint, if you haven’t registered for next month’s Orange Conference in Atlanta, do so now. It too is a world-class leadership incubator.) While Reggie is one of the best examples of Andy’s ability to attract and work with exceptional leaders, he is not the only example.

At North Point (and at Orange), you run into dozens of people who could be running very large organizations of their own, but who have chosen to work as a team together. In many respects, I feel the same way about our team at Connexus.

Everybody else could be working for someone else and be making a huge impact there. So how do you get them to work with you?

As Andy often says, he’s the leader because he was first. Andy honestly believes there are other leaders who are better than him in many roles at North Point. It’s an incredibly humble stance, and it’s allowed Andy to assemble a top rate team.

In my almost seven years around North Point culture, here’s what I’ve learned about attracting leaders who are better than you are:

1. Deal with your insecurities.

Insecure leaders will always feel threatened by people they think are ‘better’ than they are.

Get counseling. Get coaching. Do what you need to do. Realize you have greater value to any organization if you can assemble a great team than if you want to be the team.

Don’t cap your organization’s growth or mission because you are insecure.

Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof is Lead Pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto, Canada, blogs at and is host of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast available for free on iTunes.

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