Do you consider yourself to be a team player? Answer each of the following questions to see where you stand when it comes to promoting the good of the team:
1. Do I add value to others?
2. Do I add value to the organization?
3. Am I quick to give away the credit when things go right?
4. Is our team consistently adding new members?
5. Do I use my “bench” players as much as I could?
6. Do many people on the team consistently make important decisions?
7. Is our team’s emphasis on creating victories more than producing stars?
If you answered no to a few of these questions, you may want to reevaluate your attitude toward the team. It has been said,
The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” That should be your goal as you multiply your influence by developing leaders.
The Lexicon defines TEAM BUILDING as the development of Leaders in the formation of Effective Organizations within a Community.
What is the difference between people who thrive and people who decline over a long period of time? It’s not that they don’t get knocked down; it’s that they bounce back up. That’s true of both people I know personally and those I read about in the Bible:
Jonah started out running from God, but ended up influencing a whole metropolis.
Thomas started out wracked by doubt but ended up taking the gospel all the way to India.
Peter was disappointed with his inability to withstand pressure and was also disappointed with himself. But he ended up a great Christian leader.
John Mark was rejected by a high-ranking Christian leader. He [was seen as a quitter] but ended up tapped by the Spirit of God to [write one of the Gospels].
David bounced back from several devastating failures: moral, leadership, career, and so on. Have any past failures? A great comeback is possible!
In almost every case, whether somebody bounces back or not has to do with one question: “Does that person have hope?” Hope believes in future possibility rather than resigning to current reality. People bounce back when they have hope.
My Response: How difficult is it for me to bounce back after I’ve been knocked down?
Thought to Apply: Perhaps the greatest psychological, spiritual, and medical need that all people have is the need for hope.—Billy Graham (evangelist)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be – you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of good will in power to act.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Leaders Leading Leaders
The Carpenter’s House
An elderly carpenter was about to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. His contractor was sorry to see his good worker go. He asked the carpenter to build just one more house before retiring. The carpenter accepted, even though he didn’t really want to do so. His heart was not in his work anymore. He put in a half-hearted effort, taking shortcuts and using inferior building materials. The quality of the finished building was much below his usual standards.
When the project finished, the contractor came to see the house. He took a look around, then he took out the front-door key and handed it to the contractor. “My friend, this house is yours. This is my gift to you as a thank you for all these years of hard work.” The contractor said.
The old man was shocked and embarrassed. If only he had known, things would have been done in a different way. He would have taken care of every detail and this house would be the most beautiful house that he’d ever built.
Like the old carpenter, many of us do not give the job our best effort. Then we find ourselves living in the poor quality house we have built.