How to Strengthen Your Leadership Team
John Maxwell has said that “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Based on my experience with churches around the country, I couldn’t agree more.
I’m sure Dr. Maxwell is relieved.
This being true, it would seem that strengthening the leadership team should be a top priority for every church leader. Often this isn’t the case, for a variety of reasons. Rather than diving into a discussion of why a lack of intentional investment in the development of a leadership team is so commonplace, I want to point you to a fresh resource that can help with the ‘how’ of strengthening your leadership team.
Dr. Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Support at Leadership Network, and Dr. Ryan Hartwig, Assistant Professor of Communication at Azusa Pacific University, recently published findings from a survey of nearly 600 people representing 145 church leadership teams from around the world. As the whitepaper states:
This project was conducted jointly by Azusa Pacific University and Leadership Network, and included special permission to utilize a team assessment tool developed by Harvard researchers and Hay Group consultants. Churches that participated in this study also received tailored action steps to help enhance their team’s effectiveness, as well as detailed information about how their leadership team measures up when compared to success indicators in the Harvard Business School book Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great.
The findings from the study were interesting, and would provide content for meaningful discussions for any leadership team. Some of the findings include:
#2: Teams Possess a Consequential—But Not Necessarily Clear—Purpose
#4: Team Priorities Don’t Match Team Activities
#5: Teams Aren’t Investing Time in Becoming Stronger
#8: Teams Need to Clarify Who Is on the Team
The authors also list seven “encouragements” for leaders in order to strengthen their core leadership team. In addition, there may be an opportunity for interested teams to participate in ‘Wave 2’ of the study that is planned for early 2013.
To learn more, download Searching for Strong Leadership Teams: What 145 Church Teams Told Us.