Instigators are always looking to start something. Instigators stir things up. Instigators are catalysts.
When viewed through a missional paradigm, the definition and practice of leadership necessarily shift. Rather than expert performers, leaders become expert supporters. Rather than imposing a plan and vision, a leader works to draw out the vision from the community. Leaders guide the process, but resist solving every problem, instead believing in—and encouraging—the wisdom, talent, and abilities residing within the community. This, in a nutshell, is precisely the role of a coach. The coaching approach is the most consistent and authentic posture of leadership for those operating from a missional mindset.
Every project requires two things: vision and will. Will is directed, focused energy that maintains the heart of the project while enabling it to function in the world. Often a person, through deep listening and awareness, will have a vision for something that has tapped into the energy of his or her context and needs someone to hold a bird’s eye view of the project to order and direct the will. This is the role of a coach.
For more information about Instigate, contact: Bret Wells