Last week, we talked about creating a great team. We mentioned the first two parts of creating a great team: connecting first, and bring clarity to our teams. If you haven’t read the first part of this blog, click here. This week, we will talk about sustaining great teams and advancing their purpose and mission.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Did we mention that you need to communicate? Great teams are sustained through great communication. That starts with the leader and it’s the leader’s responsibility to set the tone of communication through the team. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you bog your team down with meetings or you talk about every little detail, but a good first step might be holding a short, weekly meeting where you tell your team about successes from the past week, things they can improve on, and give them a plan going forward. Communication is preventative, not reactive. Communicate with your team to prevent future misunderstandings.
Never Stop Investing
In another blog post, we talk more in depth about investing. You can read that here. By investing in other people, you are essentially trying to work yourself out of the job (in a good way). How many times have we seen a pastor focus so intensely on building their ministry, only to neglect pouring into the leaders around him? Then, once they retire or pass away, there is no one ready to take their place! Some churches stop altogether because of this, while others are forced to welcome a new lead pastor, unfamiliar with their culture.
Our ministries are not meant to be our legacies. The people whom we train and influence are meant to be our greatest legacy. Read that again if you need to.
Some Practical Applications
Here are 5 ways to maintain a great team:
- Regularly celebrate wins. Whether that’s team lunch, a cup of coffee, or something else
- Frequently dream with each other. Remove barriers and allow your team to come up with wild ideas. Worry about logistics later
- Ask “why” and allow your team to ask “why”
- Read together. Find a book that challenges your team and brings in a new and fresh perspective
- Play to strengths. Each of your team members has unique strengths. Place your team in situations to use their strengths and be successful