Three Strategies for Leadership:
In Luke 6:40 Jesus said, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” As a leader you are taking people to places they have yet to be. You are forging a trail by building the people and teams who follow you. The ability to equip people to a higher level of service and calling is within your reach when you seek God in how to change the trajectory of your team or family’s abilities and effectiveness.
Below are three simple ways to bring your team or family to the next level through planning. By using vision and strategies you receive from God through prayer, you can accomplish your goals.
- Develop a vision for what your team can look like. Perhaps your team is strong and healthy and you feel comfortable with the current team morale, size, and effectiveness. That is great! Unfortunately, teams are not static. They either get better through hard work or they get worse through lack of leadership momentum. Part of leading is taking your team to places you haven’t been before. Take some time to do some dreaming. What could your team look like and accomplish if you had no time or resource boundaries? Now that you have a “pie in the sky dream” ask God to show you how you accomplish this with what you have right now with His help.
- Identify, by asking God to show you, three things you can do to allow your vision to become reality. Your dream can have wings when you break it down into manageable goals. Do you dream of having incredible team unity? One way to foster this is have purposeful connection times. Do you dream of having someone who can lead with you to pick up some slack and give you some needed breathers? Look for someone to train to lead alongside you.
- Set benchmarks of both time and effectiveness to measure your plan’s success. The three identified goals are useless unless you do something about them. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.’” The best way to ensure your goals are accomplished is through prayer and accountability. Tell someone about your goals and how you plan to accomplish them. Set an expected date on your calendar to have accomplished the goal in order to keep yourself accountable. Make sure the goals are reasonable and you are able to accomplish them with a little extra prayer and effort.
Romans 12:8, “If it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence.”
Once those three objectives are met, don’t stop there. Go back to the dreaming phase and ask God to give you more new thoughts and ideas for you and your team.