By Craig Adams
What makes my 10 special? These are put to the test each and every day. I understand what it takes to be a bi-vocational worship pastor. By day, I work at LifeWay Worship. By night, I’m the worship pastor at Clements Baptist Church. In each case, I lead very different people, yet I try my hardest to lead both very effectively.
I encourage you to take what you will from the list below. Whether you can use 0, 1, or all 10, it’s my prayer that God will use you effectively… no matter what your day or night job is.
- Know the work. Your ability to lead your team effectively will be correlative to your knowledge of their tasks and workload. Take time to learn the tasks and rhythm of the work of your team members. Given the fact that a good bit of your time is spent solving problems, you will be able to find solutions more quickly if you have comprehensive and deep knowledge of the work. Proverbs 22:9
- Show respect for all team members. Maintaining a maximum level of team chemistry is essential. Treating every member of the team with an equal amount of respect and professionalism will go a long way toward building a trusting and collaborative team culture. 1 Timothy 3:2
- Develop your people. Take your team members to new places with intentionality. Give them opportunities to gain new skills and experience. The more you expand the horizons of your team, the greater the opportunity your organization will have to thrive, innovate, and expand in the future. Luke 6:40
- Have a plan. Go beyond the origination of an annual budget. Your team, products/resources, production processes, marketing strategies, sales campaigns, delivery methods, etc. should all be supported by goals and clearly outlined pathways to execution. Do your best not to leave any stones unturned. 1 Chronicles 28
- Communicate clearly and often. Few things frustrate a team more than not having access to information or direction. Know your plan and be sure to keep it before your team on a routine basis. As plans necessitate change along the way, be sure to share changes openly and with emphasis. Diversify your forms of communication, as varied personalities listen in different ways. Above all, maintain consistency in the content you communicate. Joshua 9:24
- Risk must be enriched by a willingness to fail. Any leader not willing to take risk will almost certainly have a short-lived tenure. Worldwide culture is changing at a faster rate than ever before. In order to adapt and innovate, leaders must adopt and cultivate a willingness to go to new places, all of the while not living in fear of falling short of established goals. Bravery and a spirit of adventure are the catalysts that will often times be the keys that unlock success. Deuteronomy 31:6
- Own your mistakes. Everyone misses the mark from time-to-time. When you find yourself at such an advent, be the first to confess and apologize for your missed steps. Denial leads to disrespect of your team. Casting undue blame leads to frustration and lack of trust on your team. James 5:16
- Be committed to your own development. Leaders should be devoted to their own learning and growth. Blind spots and comfort zones can easily creep into one’s routine and performance without a perpetual plan for personal development. Mentorship, avid reading, continuing education, additional responsibilities, and new training can all contribute to the growth and maturation of a leader. Philippians 1:9
- Be a model servant. With Christ as our ultimate example, it is imperative that leaders routinely practice being a servant to everyone around them. Placing others ahead of your own interests will earn more trust, respect, loyalty, and productivity than just about any other leadership practice. Philippians 2:3
- Love people. Far above any asset your organization possesses are relationships with people. Invest time to take a personal interest in the lives, families, interests, and work of everyone on your team. Treat partners and contract workers with fairness and integrity. You cannot and will not accomplish anything without quality people around you. These folks will not perform to their potential without knowing that their leader places highest value in who they are, as well as what they do. 1 Corinthians 13