The Cult of Personality: Saving Your Team from Yourself
While we are leading a team, it’s tempting to think we’ll always be leading it, but the truth is someday the Lord will move us on to the next assignment. On that day, we leave something behind. Will it be a legacy that can be built upon?
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History is the story of leaders of the past.
Legacy is what they leave behind, for those who are still alive.
While we are leading a team, it’s tempting to think we’ll always be leading it, but the truth is someday the Lord will move us on to the next assignment. On that day, we leave something behind: Either a story of “how we used to do it” or a legacy that can be built upon.
Leadership has a difficult line to walk. We need to inspire our teams and build actual relationships with the people who follow us. Generally, this means they have to like us at least a little bit.
We ask a lot of our volunteers, especially in the tech departments. What we ask sometimes requires that they work long hours, come in early before most of the church is out of bed, or tolerate the occasional disgruntled musician.
Before they can connect to a vision of our ministry, most people will connect to us personally. They are willing to put in those long hours, because we are shoulder-to-shoulder with them every step of the way. We’re willing to face the wrath of that upset musician to protect them. We’re like their big brother or sister, providing a role model for them to look up to.
Trouble comes when that personal relationship is all that is sustaining the volunteer in your ministry. To a certain extent, I think it’s important to be a friend to every team member under you.
As a leader, though, we need to guide them beyond friendship for the good of the team.
If you’ve been in ministry for a while, it’s probably not too hard to think of a team that was built around one strong, charismatic leader. He or she was the sort of person people loved spending time with; funny, compassionate, wise. The people they led became very excited about the team under their command. They called their friends to get involved, and numbers grew.
But then one day, the leader left.
Without that charismatic smile at the front of the crowd, something felt a little off.
Some people maybe suddenly found that the work wasn’t as fulfilling or not as much fun. They aren’t quite sure what changed, but they know it was better before Brother or Sister So-and-So left.
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