As a leader, you may get frustrated from time with your team. You may feel that they should be better followers. Or harder workers. Or a stronger team. But always remember that you have team leadership responsibilities.
You are the catalyst for the change you want to see in your team. They will not change until you make the first move.
Here are three steps for meeting your team leadership responsibilities.
1. Lead, and they will follow.
You cannot expect that your team will do what you want on their own. They will want to see your active leadership. Show them how.
Good leadership is not bossing others around. Good leadership is using your influence to serve others, for he that is the greatest among you shall be a servant (Matthew 23:11).
You set the tone as the leader. Think about what kind of person you want to have working for you. Then act like that person. Be the example of the person you want to have working for you. Because they will follow if you lead.
2. Sow, and you will reap.
If you don’t have a performing team, and you treat your team like they’re a nonperforming team, then you will always have a nonperforming team.
To gain respect from your team, then you must give respect. If you want to be appreciated, then you must give appreciation. What you give will be given back to you, and the degree to which you give will be given back to you (Luke 6:38).
If you invest your energies in your team, then they will respond positively. Because you will reap what you sow.
3. Bless, and you will be blessed.
If you treat your team like they are winners, then they will rise to the challenge. Because they will want to be who you see them to be.
When you meet the deep seated needs of others, then they will respond in gratitude. Because they will want to become better than they are.
It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Because you will be blessed in the process of giving.
If you focus on leading, sowing, and blessing, then you will be fulfilling your leadership responsibilities. And you will feel fulfilled as a result.
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