Identifying Group Leaders

McLane GroupLife is always looking to identify people who may become a good leader for a small group experience.  Perhaps someone in your group is ready to move into a leadership or co-leadership situation themselves. While it is always sad to see someone move on from our group, we can take some personal pride in helping to "birth" a new group from within our own members.  As their current group leader, you can play a pro-active role in encouraging this next step of growth in their lives.   As they stretch their wings in this way, more people who are not currently in a small group are able to experience God's blessings because new group opportunities are now available.

With that in mind, here is an article from that can help you to identify who might make a good leader from within your group.  If you believe that one of your members is ready to lead or co-lead, please get in touch with us (734-1907 ext. 40) to share your thoughts about them.  We'd love to have them be considering this opportunity over the summer and possibly be able to lead a group this fall!


Identifying Leaders in Groups

Questions to ask that will help you find the natural leaders

By: Steven Reames

In all human interaction, there are two major ingredients: content and process. The first deals with the subject matter of the task on which a group is working. In a small group, this might be the specific songs picked, the subject of prayers and discussion, the icebreaker, etc. Usually, most people consciously focus on content. The second ingredient, however, may be even more important than content, though people are less likely to think consciously about it.

Process, or group dynamics, deals with such issues as morale, feeling, tone, atmosphere, influence, participation, styles of influence, etc. By looking at these issues, you may be more able to see who might be a good leader than if you just looked at mastery of skills. You also may be able to identify unhealthy sub-groups or leaders that need better direction or correction.


1) Who are the high participators? How about the low?

2) What reasons could exist for low participation on the part of some?

3) Who talks to whom in the group? Who talks to everyone?

4) Who attends regularly?


1) When a person talks, do others listen to him/her?

2) Who is the "advice giver" in the group? Who counsels from the Bible, rather than from experience?

3) Are there any rivalries in the group? If they exist, why and between whom?

Styles of Influence

1) Autocratic: Who tries to lead by indicating theirs is the way to go?

2) Peacemaker: Who eagerly supports the efforts of others? Who tries to smooth over disagreements between others?

3) Laissez-faire: Who gets attention for not doing anything and refusing to participate? Do they have a collective group following them?

4) Democratic: Who tries to include everyone and seeks consensus?

Decision-Making Processes:

1) Who gets talked to when a group decision needs to be made?

2) Who communicates concerns with you as the group leader, both constructively and in a negative manner?

Task Functions

1) Who asks for suggestions about how to accomplish something?

2) Who can articulate their personal goals well?

3) Does anyone assume helping responsibilities in the group without being given recognition as "a leader"?

Group Atmosphere

1) Who cares about the group? Who cares about the feelings of the people in the group?

2) Who notices good things going on elsewhere and shares them with the group?

3) Who is aware of the leadership structure, how it works, and works with it appropriately?

Put it to work: Take time this week to observe people and their interactions within the group. Remember, the small group is more than just the meeting.