“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” ~ Fred Manske
We all need reminded of things once in a while. Here are a few thoughts that have helped me tremendously as a team member.
1. Be responsible. If you say you are going to take care of it, then take care of it.
2. Be professional. Arrive on time. Actually be early. And be organized.
The health of a team is critical to the effectiveness and success in accomplishing it’s mission. In the life of a church, I believe the health of our teams is even more critical because people’s eternity is at stake. If a team is healthy, more attention and energy can be focused on moving toward the goal of reaching and growing people and less on resolving peripheral, inconsequential matters. If a team is healthy, it also creates an atmosphere where each individual team member has a better opportunity to elevate their own personal life. One of our greatest desires is to have teams that are healthy and united, effectively reaching those who are are far from God and bringing them to a fullness of life in Christ.
Here are 10 elements of a healthy team:
- A shared vision is held by all team members.
- Team members and their individual ideas are equally valued.
- Leadership development is a part of the strategy. Every team member is continually looking for ways to develop those around them.
- The team readily embraces change and risk-taking is encouraged.
- Team members are continually energized and encouragement flows freely. Each team member quickly, selflessly and willingly gives words of encouragement to others.
- It’s a fun place to hang out…people enjoy their role and relationships are deeper than just the professional environment.
- Mistakes are considered part of the learning process.
- The structure doesn’t limit growth, but provides healthy boundaries.
- There is a freedom to offer constructive criticism, even of top leadership, without fear of retribution.
- Conflict is not discouraged, but used to make the team better.
Learning today to have conversations that I’ve never had today. I’m being stretched but as long as I always point people to Jesus I know He will comfort and strengthen those to whom I speak.
5 qualities of a great team player
- Embraces team values