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Leading Your Team

Orange Leaders
Orange Leaders Wednesday May 5, 2010
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Today we’re highlighting a post by Michael Bayne, written last week at the Orange Conference. On Thursday morning, John & Nancy Ortberg talked about the power of team. Here’s part of what they shared:

There is nothing more important than leading our team, but there is also nothing that frustrates all of us more than leading our team.

Why?? We want to make it work, but what we find when we lead is HUMANITY which leads to STRUGGLE because none of us are PERFECT! That is the beauty of teamwork. Working with a team leads us to serve, to be vulnerable, to be real if we want teamwork to happen.

Nancy summarized what people on teams need like this:

People on a team have to be given opportunities

–We have to empower team members with opportunities that center around their giftedness, not ONLY around what has to be done.

People on a team need challenges

–Every team will move toward stagnation.
–Healthy conflict is needed for the health and vibrancy of the team.
–In order to do conflict well, you have to give people the chance to get messy with conflict. Conflict management is learned!

People on a team need an environment of relationships

–People want and need to be known by their leaders!
–People have to know us…we have to be open and vulnerable.
–Relationships lead our churches to be the unstoppable force in the community!

Which of these things are “bright spots” in your ministry– how are you leading well right now?  And which area do you struggle the most to provide for your team?

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