The Danger of “Hiring the Best”

The longer I lead, the more I realize how essential the right leaders are to the success of a team, ministry, or organization. While the right leaders will overcome insufficient systems and processes, great processes and systems can never overcome ineffective leaders.

The right leaders are not necessarily the “best” leaders.

The “best” leaders when not in sync with the values of the ministry/organization unintentionally lead her in a plethora of directions. I have seen this occur countless times in local churches. A pastor or search team commit they are going to “hire the best and let them run.” They search diligently for the best staff members, driven by a faulty assumption that putting the best people in a room around the same table will be best for the church.

The leaders run, as they were told they would be able to do, and they run in a multitude of directions. And they take the church with them…

The right leaders are in sync with the ministry theology and philosophy of the ministry or organization. There is strong overlap between their personal values and that of the ministry/organization. Deep down, they sincerely long for the best of the entire ministry more than their own area.

Does wanting the “right” leaders mean you don’t look for the “best” leaders? Absolutely not! A team of strong leaders focused in the same direction is truly unstoppable. However, the “best” leader is only best for the ministry/organization if there is alignment on the values that are most central to the ministry/organization.


  1. says

    Great reminder Eric. I have seen this in the past when we hired the “best” to fill a specific need. They had the right skill set, but they also had their own agenda. In the long run it was a disaster.

    I also believe that since we are a ministry we need to consider if the leaders we hire will benefit from the opportunity. It is not just about us. To think differently we run the risk of using people.

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