The prinicple says this, “just because someone has the ability to fly doesn’t ensure they have enough runway to get off the ground.”
Let me explain…
It is estimated that a 747 with a full capacity load needs approximately 7,500-10,00 feet of runway to achieve take off. Anything less can be a disaster.
One of the qualities that most leaders have is the ability to spot talent in the lives of others. Often times, we see someone who has tremendous potential and therefore we fast-track them into a position of leadership.
Let me give you a WARNING: Talent will cause someone to appear larger than life!
Once fast-tracked, it doesn’t take long until the potential they displayed begins to wane, the passion begins to fade, their character may come into question, and they simply crash and burn. We tend to blame them for not delivering on their responsibilities when the reality is that they were set up to fail from the beginning.
The problem is not the person but the runway.
Many casualties in ministry could’ve been avoided if we had simply extended the runway or proving ground before we elevate them in ministry. I believe this is why Paul tells Timothy that leaders should be closely examined and pass a time of testing before they are put into play. (1 Tim. 3)
Slow down. Lengthen the Runway. Watch people fly.