The staff that I have right now is amazing. Each of them is dedicated, passionate, and gifted. They are innovative and get the job done. I have a great team!
Not too long ago, I was naming and organizing my priorities. I felt that our team was doing a superb job, yet, I found that I still felt scattered and not as effective as I could be.
I decided to write down the 5 or so top priorities when it came to my ministry. The number 1 priority that jumped out at me was this: supervise and mentor my team.
Wow! As I reflected on this, I recognized that to be truly effective as a leader, I needed to make my team as good as they could be. So much more was possible if my team was at the top of their game.
The question was this: am I helping my team be at the top of their game? Am I helping them grow?
As much as I tried to wiggle my way out of the truth and say “yes,” I couldn’t. I wasn’t doing enough.
I needed to be intentional about developing the leadership skills in my team.
It was at that point that I initiated a new idea. We had our normal team meeting every Monday morning. Beginning immediately, on the first Monday of the month, we would meet for an hour instead of 30 minutes. For most of that time, I would lead some sort of leadership development training.
Sometimes, we listen to podcasts, which is followed by discussion. Sometimes, I share with them what I was learning in the latest book I was reading. On occasion, I gave one of my team members the task to teach and train me.
It has become one of my favorite times of the month. Not only is my team being fed great leadership ideas, but I’m growing as well! Teaching and sharing these ideas have helped me integrate them more fully into my leadership.
I’m fortunate to have a team that is really receptive to this idea. They are eager to learn and grow. For that, I am thankful.
Here are some of the other ways I try to help my team grow:
- I give them books to read.
- I send them podcasts to listen to.
- I put money in the budget to send them to conferences.
- I meet one-on-one with them on a monthly basis to help them grow and succeed.
Do I still have room to improve helping my team learn and grow? Absolutely!
But I can say this: since I started being more intentional about the professional growth of my team, my team has continued to do superb work in our ministry. The best part about this is that my team now feels a need to develop the volunteer leaders that they work with.
It’s a chain reaction, which only helps our ministry grow.
Question: What do you find most challenging about helping other leaders grow?
That’s the end of this series, “The 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned.” I hope you have found them valuable.
In conclusion, there is one thing that I can guarantee. Ask me 10 years from now what the most important leadership lessons I’ve learned are, and I know they will be different. As the saying goes…
“The more you grow, the more you know. And the more you know, the more you know you need to grow some more.”
Here is a summary of posts for the “The 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned in Ministry” series:
- The 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned in Ministry
- It All Starts With God: Lesson #1 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned
- Just Keep Growing: Lesson #2 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned
- Success Isn’t Forever and Failure Isn’t Fatal: Lesson #3 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned
- How To Measure Success in Ministry: Lesson #4 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned
- My Attitude Makes The Difference: Lesson #5 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned
- Balancing Relationships and Tasks: Lesson #6 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned