A leadership principle I've been thinking about a lot lately is this one: Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.

Here are some practical ideas that I've been relearning from leadership expert, John C. Maxwell:
1. Communicate with openness and sincerity. I realize I need to call the people on my team and specifically appreciate for the ways they helped me last year. There's no room for general praises like Great job or Thanks. People want to know how they added value.

2. Know your audience. In the past year I've made a lot of new friendships with other multicultural worship leaders, but I need to take the time to really get to know the people that I work with. I want to know what they're passionate about and see if there's anything I can do to serve and encourage them.

3. Live your message. If I want to build credibility with my team, then I need to practice what I preach. I know I talk a lot about how important it is to build relationship bridges with other multicultural leaders, but that idea is relevant to the relationships/team we lead as well.

4. Go to where they are. Last year I was kind of frustrated because I had to work around people's schedule. I forget that many of those people have full-time jobs and other ministries that they help out with. They’re just as busy as I am.

5. Focus on them, not yourself. Have you ever made a situation about you and didn’t realize it? I remember thinking: The people on my team aren’t making multicultural worship a priority. What I was really saying was: They're not making me a priority. That sounds pretty selfish to me.

6. Believe in them. I have to admit that sometimes I think I'm better than others. But it's an easy trap to fall into when things are going well in your ministry. I have to remember that the people on my team are important, if not more important, than I am.

What do you need to do in order to create stronger relationships with your team?

Multicultural worship requires a lot of work: networking and blending different styles of music with languages. But we can’t forget to appreciate and get to know the people on our team.

What do you need to do in order to create stronger relationships with your team?

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Comment by Rick Cogbill on January 20, 2010 at 4:49pm
Some great reminders, Peter. Thanks for sharing them. God bless.


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