Most of us think if we could hire or recruit a few superstar leaders, it would catalyze growth for our church.
What if that theory is just dead wrong?
Chris Lema, author, blogger and entrepreneur, walks you through how to build and develop a great team from inside your church or organization.
Welcome to Episode 39 of the Podcast.
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3 Things You Can Do Right Away
Most of us have a singular perspective around the teams we’ve been in. So we come at it with our default perspective, who is the right team person? What happens is the default approach if we keep looking for the one kind of person who will be the high performer, and that’s not really the scenario. Chris Lema tells us about his experience with team building and tells us what you can do as a leader.
- Stop looking to the outside for superstars. You would think that offering the right salary for the right talent would solve the problems of your organization, but statistics suggest otherwise. Half of people who start in a new environment performed 20 % worse over a five-year continual span, and one-third left after a period of three years. Hiring a performer and bringing them is a 50/50 shot. Companies such as Meryl Lynch spend two years finding the right leaders. More than 95% of players for the Green Bay Packers were developed only within that organization. When you bring someone new in, you have to say, “Our commitment to you over the next several years is to develop you.”
- Match the experienced with the inexperience. Chris emphasizes that diffusion of leadership doesn’t happen at a coffee table over coffee. It happens while being in context, and it happens while being able to articulate the essentials of how your organization is ran. Take Saturday Night Live, for example. Creator Lorne Michaels provides many opportunities for the new cast members to learn with the season cast members. He collaborates with their team of writers to ensure the success of each actor and the longevity of the show. Additionally, Chris encourages all leaders to write because it allows you to emphasize the abstraction from the lesson so that people who are coming behind you have a way to be fed. They understand your message, mission and values. “Write because you are articulating your understanding of things, and people will embrace and leverage it.”
- Meet daily with your teams and find a book to read. Leaders should spend at least 10-15 minutes a day with their teams to put projects, goals and agendas into context. You’ll develop a common vocabulary and develop a common vision among your group. Every six months, read one book as a group and spend time creating a conversation about development. At the end of six months, find another book, read and apply its context. “More often than not, we read and don’t apply, or we never read. But one thing remains – You have to move to get better, and we won’t get better naturally,” Chris says.
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Chris and Carey’s Top Ten Leadership Books
As promised, here are Chris and Carey’s Top Ten books to read as a church staff or as a church leader. Chris and I titled the list toward leadership, because we assume you’re going to read theology (and your Bible).
1. The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes & Posner
2. The Fifth Discipline, Senge
3. Leading at a Higher Level, Blanchard
4. Good to Great, Collins
5. Organizational Culture & Leadership, Schein
6. Multipliers, Wiseman
7. Visioneering, Stanley
8. Leadership & the New Science, Wheatley
9. Silos, Politics & Turf Wars, Lencioni
10. First Break All The Rules, Buckingham
1. The Advantage, Lencioni
2. Good to Great, Collins
3. Next Generation Leader, Stanley
4. Emotional Intelligence, Goleman
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey
6. Essentialism, McKeown
7. Leading Change, Kotter,
8. E-Myth Revisited, Gerber
9. Made to Stick, Heath
10. Getting to Yes, Fischer and Ury
Feel free to add your top leadership books to the list in the comments section!
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