youth ministry, youth worker, student ministry

Leaving Space

By Doug Franklin January 8, 2010

Ever notice how visionaries often times don’t want accountability? They want to be able to dream and press their agenda with followers who only ask “anything else you need?” I have known someone like this … me. I love to create the agenda of everyone around me based on my values and my priorities. I love it when people want to go at my speed — fast. A few years back I realized I was hurting people, not helping my vision. So I started to make space for others’ values and priorities. It means I go slower but it also means I have more followers. Leave space for others’ values by getting to know their values and giving them opportunities to live them out.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More