Team leading is an art. Taking the mix of skills, talents, personalities, temperaments and all the other stuff that makes up any individual, then leading them as a team can be a daunting experience at the best of times.
The challenges apart – leading a team can create a great buzz. It’s one of my favourite things because you get people working together to accomplish something that on your own, yes you could have done it, but it may well have killed you in the process.
I don’t consider myself an expert but over the past 10 years of leading a variety of teams I do think I have discovered a thing or two. Thought I would share them with you over the next few posts…
1. It’s not as easy as some people make it look
I really believe that some people are just gifted at leading teams. I’m not so full of myself to say that it cannot be learned but I do think that some just have an ability to see things that others don’t.
When you are leading the team you must be able to make the right decision quickly, which means that you have got to be confident in knowing what your leader really wants. Foe example, knowing by looking at the venue what your leader will say when they walk in, to see things how they see things.
You cannot always teach people that skill. It just takes time, it just happens. It’s not as easy as it looks. The bigger challenge is that team leaders not only have to develop that skill for themselves but also teach the team to think like that too.
2. The team leaders need leading too.
If you are the main leader of the organisation/Church then just putting someone in charge is not enough. That newly appointed team leader needs leading too. Very few people can just take on a role and get it right without any coaching, leading or guidance from you.
Empowerment is not abandonment. Having the knowledge as a team leader that decisions you make will be backed up, that you have support, that you know your boundaries – releases you to go for it and become the best you can become.
Would love your thoughts: what’s difficult about leading your team? How can your leaders help you become a better team leader?