So I've been thinking about this over the past couple of days, so the thought process is, in fact, a work-in-process.
Some organizations are great at tapping into the gifts and value that a person brings.
Other organizations aren't. They just don't see it.
And then there are some organizations, whether intentionally or not, that simply do not want to recognize what a person can bring to the table. At first, that seems like a ridiculous idea. Why wouldn't they? What group, organization, company would not want to find what people have to offer and put them into a role where they can thrive?
1) Organizations stuck on structure.
Basically, an organization only has a certain concept of what structure and staffing looks like. And if someone has gifts that don't quite line up within that structure, they don't allow it. This limits potential.
2) Organizations with insecure leadership.
Some positional leaders are afraid to let people "shine" in ways. Just being honest. If a person can do REALLY well and it points back some focus and positive attention to the leader, then they may be all for it. But if it takes away attention and focus from the leader, well... that's just not acceptable. This means you have leadership that is about themselves and not about the cause. Plus, if a person shines, they may get recognized, promoted, and even a higher ranking role. That's viewed as competition, and again, if your leadership isn't cause-focused, they will push against it.
3) Organizations with really tight fists.
The truth is in most organizations, even in "church world", there are lots of people with decision-making power who are concerned with the money. Don't misunderstand, we need to be good stewards and take care of what we have. We shouldn't be wasteful. With that, don't miss the point. Some organizations will ignore or choose not to recognize the value someone has or potential they can bring because it may mean they would have to increase their pay and budget. Instead of viewing it as "if we unleash this person to do what they could do, it could be a huge addition and well worth it" you have "things are good enough now. That could cost us _____, so why chance it?" I would say rarely do organizations REALLY thrive when they don't put the people in it into positions where they are gifted.
Is there anyone where you are that has so much more to offer, but they just need the opportunity? The risk is worth it, even if it comes with some failures. That will set you apart.
Again, this is a thought-in-process, so any feedback is welcome. :)