Here’s a very timely blog for me. I hope for you leaders, this will help you as well to really look at your team, whether at work or in the ministry, in a different way. This blog came from Perry Noble’s blog:
John Maxwell said it best…teamwork makes the dream work. As I’ve reflected on the team that the Lord has blessed me with I’ve came to the following conclusions…
- The right team has chemistry, people don’t just love the work they do but also they love the people they’ve been called to do the work with. If people don’t love one another the team will be dysfunctional.
- The right team lightens the load for everyone in the room because problems do not belong to “me” but rather they belong to “we!”
- The right team has an open environment where truth, in love, can be spoken and people love the church and one another too much to allow team members to make a ridiculous decision.
- The right team will embrace uncomfortable conversations and will not drift towards making everyone in the room happy but rather making the right decision.
- The right team will refuse to allow personal preferences to dictate decisions.
- The right team will bring in people from outside the norm when trying to make a decision that directly impacts a particular area, understanding that this does not slow down the process but actually speeds it up…people are way more likely to buy into a decision when they feel as if they’ve had input.
- The right team will not fight to maintain status quo but rather to do everything possible to advance the cause.
- The right team will make hard decisions, knowing that the day they don’t forces them into cruise control where the biggest desire will eventually become to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible.
- The right team is way more obsessed with their dreams of what could be rather than their memories of what has been!
I believe the lesson of this blog is to learning how to set-aside personal goals, preference and really loving the team and making the team’s passion become yours as well. If you are a leader, then you can start by demonstrating servant-leadership. This is how Jesus lead His team, He truly loved them, He served them, cast the vision to them and then lead them by His example. These men became one of the best team in human history who caused Christianity to spread almost across their continent and beyond.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” [Matthew 20:26-28, NIV]
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