Each leader is expected to give clear instruction and set expectations for those they lead. We know that to be unclear is to be unkind. Also, without direction people will do what is right in their own eyes. That is why clear instruction is vital to our leadership.
We strive to know our teams on a personal level. We often say, “know their sister’s name”. In other words, know and care about the details of their lives. This gives us emotional equity with those we lead.
Instruction without continued guidance is impractical because it sets our teams up for failure. We come along side those we lead to correct undesirable behavior and commend favorable behavior.
Each team needs to be equipped with tangible and intangible items to be successful. As leaders, we are expected to resource our teams with what they need to fulfill their responsibilities.
Open communication is extremely important. We must communicate pertinent and relevant information to our teams. This must be done on a regular basis. At the end of each meeting we ask the question, “Is there anything you need to know about anything?” This enables us to have open communication with each other and to clear up any confusion that might exist.
Seven Leadership Choices of a
Winning Staff Member
1. Choose to be adaptable and flexible rather than rigid and uptight.
We believe that planning and processes are an important part of being successful. However, we hold these things loosely because we know that adaptability and flexibility help us thrive as an organization by elevating people over processes.
2. Choose to be grateful rather than entitled.
A grateful mindset says, “I get to do this” while an entitled mindset says, “I deserve this”. At Waymaker.Church, we choose to have a grateful mindset because we know that without Christ’s sacrificial life, death, and resurrection, we deserve death and eternal separation from God. We know that our job at Waymaker.Church is a gift from God. This knowledge enables us to have a grateful mindset.
3. Choose to show up on time and ready rather than late and unprepared.
We show up on time and prepared for our meetings. When a person is consistently late and unprepared people start to wonder who they are as a person. Untimeliness and unpreparedness communicate a lack of care, leadership, passion, and initiative. We believe that showing up on time and prepared communicates the opposite. For bonus points show up 5 minutes early. (Not that we are keeping score.)
4. Choose a habit of excellence rather than a habit of good enough.
We don’t get to choose our gifting, talents, IQs or personalities but we do get to choose to be excellent. See staff value of excellence for more information.
5. Choose a “we” rather than “me” mentality.
We believe that submission to authority is biblically mandated. Scripture is clear that authority is from God and rebellion is of Satan. Because of this, we choose to submit to the decisions of our senior leadership and our supervisors. This doesn’t mean that we don’t share our opinions openly. We do, but always with honor and respect. We also understand that authority is delegated not inherent.
6. Choose to earn opportunities rather than whine about limitations.
It is easy to get caught up in the restraints of a position and express a negative attitude about the situation. At Waymaker.Church, we choose not to whine about our limitations but earn our opportunities instead. This means that we serve faithfully and aim to make the most of our circumstances. For example, if Joseph flourished under Pharaoh, we can flourish where we are at too.
7. Choose to discover what is right rather than what is wrong with our church.
We aspire to have a critical eye but not a critical spirit. It is the difference between carrying a clipboard and carrying a towel. A critical spirit carries a clipboard with a checklist of what needs to be done. It is always looking for what is wrong and offers little help. It will sacrifice people for processes and success. A critical spirit always tears down. Conversely, a critical eye carries a towel. It asks the question, “How can I serve?”. It looks to build up and make things better. It asks questions but also provides solutions. It values people over perfection and success.