Kingdomflow Quadrants

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Leadership Development
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I found Robert Kiyosaki’s work on Cashflow Quadrants and have put his ideas to work in the past several years of my life. However, the only thing I have not attained is “cashflow.” Okay, I’ll admit, cash flow has not been my first priority. So more than anything, I have used it as a leadership strategy tool. In case you are not familiar with them or have never applied them to leadership or ministry, here they are, with my own terms and applications substituted.

(Bear with me on the titles. It was difficult to find words that didn’t have so much spiritual value already attached to them.)

Quadrant 1: Followers

Each one of us “Christ Followers” are called to do just that– follow. In studying leadership, I never want to lose sight of the fact that I am first a follower. No matter where we go, we will always be followers to some degree. That being said, some in the business world, and in the church world, never go past the follower stage. Followers will work on a project, but like straightforward employees, will always want some other leader present to oversee them. They do not feel comfortable being given too much authority. They can do their jobs well, but never venture out on their own to try out their own vision. Some of these may even be pastors, but their job requirements are often very specific and usually dictated by a board of some sort. They are best at maintaining and doing their jobs, but churches with this type of leader are not likely to grow very rapidly.

Quadrant 2: Standard Bearers

This person may stand out as a leader. Their level of excellence lifestyle make them prime targets for pastors looking for leaders. This type of person will likely be the best in their ministry or church at whatever they do. They may take on lots of church responsibilities and be very capable at them. They may be highly intelligent. They may even lead a ministry or multiple ministries. They can often teach others to do what they do. However, their ministry is limited to some degree because of their partial blindness to the leadership capacity in others. Even if they do see ministry potential in someone, they may be fearful of allowing others to lead. They can be so focused on achievement that they are not willing to allow for any messes along the way as people learn to grow in leadership. These are the type that tend to feel responsible for everything and prop people up before they have a chance to fail. They may be a bit rigid in the way they think the details of ministry are to be handled. You may hear them say, “It’ll be easier if I just do it myself.” Pastors like this will only have congregations as big as they can handle. They may bemoan the fact that they cannot find any leaders. What they may not realize is that they will not likely attract a lot of high energy leaders because they do not have eyes to see leads, or they don’t know what to do with leaders when they get them. Many, many leaders fall into this category.

Quadrant 3: Collaborators

These are the types of people who are looking for opportunities to grow something new. They are often entrepreneurial in their thinking. They like the unknown and jump into it. They easily spot talent or potential in others around them and seek to find ways to build relationships and utilize people, especially other leaders. They tend to allow others permission to help them form the vision for the ministry, at least in part. They give credit where credit is due. They find ways to delegate so that people will beg for more. They don’t limit their vision to only what they are capable of accomplishing, but take into account a team that can get the job done. They focus more on team building than they do on merely executing a project. Pastors like this are often able to build large churches because they are not limited by their own strength, but can expand to include a load that can be handled by multiple leaders.

Quadrant 4: Advocates

Advocates say, “I want to support the work of God in you and through you, even if it differs from my own ministry.” They look far outside of their own ministry and invest in another. These are the people who intentionally invest in others and send them out to plant their own churches or launch their own ministries. In the business world, these are the people who “make their money work for them.” In the ministry world, these are the people who “make their disciples to contribute to the kingdom of God.” At times they are named, “apostles.” Others may call them “kingdom-minded.”

Now, here’s what Kiyosaki says about these quadrants.

1. All of them are valid. It’s okay to be in any of these quadrants for the entirety of one’s life. It’s just that the higher the level of quadrant, the more your earning power will be. And I think that’s true in the kingdom as well. Some people will stay in one quadrant and that’s okay. However, if you are called to go further in your life and you don’t, God may hold you responsible for merely staying comfortable and not maxing out your potential in Him. In any case, I do not pretend to be God, so I am using these quadrants strictly for strategic purposes, not to measure anyone’s spirituality.

2. You must move through each of the quadrants in order to get to the next. There is no skipping. If you don’t know how to follow, you cannot lead, if you don’t stand out as excellent at anything, you won’t have followers. If you can’t build something yourself, how can you have enough to really invest in others? Seems to me it echoes some of Jesus’ sentiment about being entrusted with little so you will be entrusted with much.

3. It is easy to move from Quadrant 1 to 2 or from 3 to 4. The hardest part is from moving from an Standard Bearer to a Collaborator. Kiyosaki actually says you should probably have a mentor if you are attempting this. Why is it so hard to change? It is probably counterintuitive to many who only see perfection as their goal. Standard Bearer sees the product (the event, the service, the teaching, the creative product) and a Collaborator sees the impact. Who did it affect? How many did it affect? What is our overall impact? What are we building here? How can we affect more people in an even better way?

Here are some of my own observations about the quadrants as they relate to us as Christian leaders.

As the quadrants progress three things happen:
Your vision increases.
Your regard for others increases.
Your measure of influence increases.

These are worthy byproducts of this ministry leadership journey, don’t you think? I’d love to hear about you on your journey to where God is leading you.



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