It's been awhile since I've posted last because I think when we just speak or write things to say we are just filling up space for nothing. But recently I've been really conflicted with how leaders run their organizations especially in the local church. Now I'm not saying all churches do this, but most do. I want to just take a minute and fill you in on somethings I've noticed in years of doing ministry and in the leadership role.
If you've been in ministry or any other organization for a long time, you probably see quite a few loopholes in it. Now what do I mean? Well simply put, most senior leaders in an organization that’s growing by leaps and bounds tend to put off the health of their current team leaders and members. I get it. You are trying to swim so fast to keep your head above water that you feel as if you are the one that has to make it work. I totally get that and even for me I sometimes feel I need to just “do it all”. But here is the question I would ask all leaders but especially the senior leaders of any organization including the local church.
“What are you doing to fill and energize your core team?”
That’s a huge question that you really need to answer. What are YOU doing. Now granted we should all as leaders be bettering ourselves and learning on our own and making ourselves the best “US” we can be. True. However, if you as the top dog are not sewing into your core team, the team that makes you and the organization look great then it will ultimately fall about. It won’t matter how many “new” folks you bring in to replace the other team member etc, it will always be a broken model and system. Here is the thing though. It will never be what it could be until “YOU” start showing value to your team. What do I mean? Well, when I say value that doesn’t just mean money. Yes, money is one way to show your team they are doing a great job, but what I really mean is investing in the heart of each one of your team members. When we as leaders show true authenticity to our volunteers, employees etc., we are showing that they matter and that we genuinely are so thankful they are with us helping us get to the end goal. Simply put, eventually our employees or others in our organization will sense what I call double F’s. “Fluffy-Fake-ness”. We have all been there at one point where we just stay on the surface and for most that’s okay, however for your core team and leaders, they are looking for real and authentic. They are looking for a leader that will pour into them value and help energize them.
“What Can You Do To Show Value?” Simple!
Here are 3 Things You Can Do To Show Value
1.) Let your leaders lead- The more an employee or team member leads their space, the more opportunity and credibility he or she brings to their organization. Yes you need to know what is going on, but you should not have your hand on their area 100% of the time. Yes it may be your vision but they too have an amazing vision. If you don’t let them use it someone else will. Keep that in mind.
2.) Heart Investments- Take them to lunch, genuinely care to ask about them and their family. Include them on business trips or conferences that pertain to the area they are in. I know from first hand most of the time as a leader I was never invited or sent on any conference/trip to help make me better even when asked. There was just never enough “time” aka meaning “I don’t want to send you but will say I do and then never do it.” We should always be investing in the passion of our team and letting them get away as well as giving them resources to help them be better and be amazing.
3.) Celebrate The Wins Not The Failures - All this means is so many times as a senior leader you may feel the need to see things as failures more than wins. But did you know that when we fail we actually ultimately win? It’s a true thing! When your team member fails they already know they failed. It’s like a child who knows they did something wrong, but yet you keep telling them after the fact how much a failure they are. It will never get better and they will live to think they aren’t good enough. I know from being on a team staff about 80% of the time the first question was, “Okay, so what was a fail this weekend?” Then 3 years into it you always are thinking of what you’re doing as “Is this a fail or is it a win.” Myself personally, I’ve stopped with thinking that, realizing that when I fail I actually am winning. Now I'm not saying we shouldn't as leaders speak up at times for what went wrong if it was a HUGE thing that needs addressing. If it's huge address it. But if it isn't huge, let it go. When we are so excited about what was done great/right, we then start to fill up the soul tank in our team and ourselves. By doing this, it will help push us further in accomplishing the goals we have for our organization.
So there you have it! Simple 3 things you can do right now! I know from a lot of leaders I value and has made them amazing and people I look up to, is that they are leaders that lead with intentionality but with authenticity. They are transparent and open as well as they lead unapologetically. That will be a post for another day too. 😃
Now go fill up your teams soul tank!