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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Leading An Effective Team

1. One of the biggest keys to leading an effective team is selecting the right people. If you select a person to do a certain job and they don't have the gifts, abilities and fortitude to get the job done, your team will suffer because of your poor choice. Choosing the right people is major.

2. You have to develop and train the people you select. You can't expect people to perform effectively if you're not willing to train, develop and invest in them. Here are some ways we train, develop and invest in our team: We have someone assigned to train a new person for their role. We make sure they are equipped and have everything they need to be a success. We have quarterly reviews where we evaluate and give feedback regarding their strengths, weaknesses and where they need to make improvements. Our leadership team is always reading and discussing a book together. We have a weekly staff meeting where we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. We take the leadership team to a conference every year to stretch their thinking. We require our leadership team to meet with leaders from other churches who are getting it done. We have a staff retreat at least once a year.

3. You have to give people room to fail. If people aren't failing, then they aren't stretching and trying anything new.

4. Don't micro manage people. Nobody wants to be checked in on every hour. Give the marching orders and give people the latitude to get things done how they see fit. There's more than one way to cook chicken. What matters most of the time is the end result not how things got done. People won't do things exactly the way you would have done it.

5. You have to be vulnerable with your team. Your team needs to know you make mistakes. They need to know that you don't have all the answers. They need to know that you are teachable and willing to grow. They need to hear you say you are sorry when you do something wrong. If the leader models being vulnerable and broken, it will trickle down to the rest of the team.