How Well Does Your Team Know You?
I think the vast majority of us would agree that the strength of the team comes often time from the relationships built outside of serving together.
If a volunteer team only meets up on Sunday and doesn’t talk the rest of the week, it won’t be a shock that they aren’t a tight group. And tight groups work well together.
But as the leader, how well does your team know you? Are you known as “the team leader” or “boss” or something similar? Or are you known as “one of the team”? I think you will find that a team that views their leader as “one of the team” will be a stronger team when it comes to trust.
As a leader, it’s very easy to delegate everything you do. Delegation is an incredible tool in the leadership belt. But when actual relationships are delegated, trust is at risk. Why would someone trust a leader they don’t know? For me, I often delegate some of the more behind the scene tasks, I won’t delegate all these type things (that wouldn’t be fair), so that I can spend time with the team. Now I don’t mean I delegate all the boring stuff so I can do the “fun” stuff. No, I will delegate things so I can get my hands dirty alongside my team and let them know I was one of them. And if delegation isn’t possible, I would just work extra.
I think an incredibly successful style of leadership is the “come alongside me” style.
Jesus is a great example of this. He didn’t call His disciples to be beneath Him, Christ called them to come with Him. Obviously He is the leader, and we are below him, but there isn’t a big divide of “management” and “blue collar”.
Leadership is not a hierarchy of power, it’s a chain- with each link as important as the next. So when you are building your team, make sure they know you and that they can get to know you. Be available, accessible, authentic, and remember that being the leader doesn’t make you the boss- it simply means you are leading the team.
The strength of the team comes often time from the relationships built outside of serving together. @jhwilliams Click To Tweet An incredibly successful style of leadership is the “come along side me” style. @jhwilliams Click To Tweet
Josh is a native of Greenville, SC, where he lives with his wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Juliette. With just about 10 years of some sort of creative ministry experience, he serves at Velocity Church leading the worship, production, and stage design teams. Starting in music, he began to become interested in the technical side of making worship services happen. While serving at Lowcountry Community Church in Bluffton, SC- he began to learn and experiment with stage design and lighting. Since then, he has created many stage designs and consulted to help churches think creatively despite their size or budget. Josh’s goal in his ministry is to point people to Jesus, and believes that all the pieces of a service, from booth to stage and everywhere in between, need to work together to point to a singular goal of Christ.