Creating Great Leadership Teams

The entire process of starting a new organization can be a daunting one. Whether it is a new business, social organization, or a book club, finding a place to begin can prove to be interesting. Over the years, I have watched new churches, businesses, and nonprofit organizations begin and thrive when the right leadership team was put in place. I have also watched new organizations not do so well when leadership wasn’t a strong as it could have been.

I recently read a book that discusses leadership strengths and knowing how to use those strengths to further a team approach to any industry. The leaders interviewed for this book were mostly business and government leaders, but I believe these principles can be applied to any position where someone needs to take a leadership role.

Have you considered the qualities that make a great leader? If this question seems daunting, try thinking about it from the other side. Whom do you follow? What makes that person a great leader to you?

I hope the first person who comes to mind is Jesus. We recognize Him as our Savior, first, and then as several other things based on our own experiences. For me, His leadership style can be described as compassionate, relationship-based, and one filled with great communication. Others may describe Him as one who provides discipline, creates learners, and gives us self-assurance.

Now think of another leader you follow. Why do you follow that person? (This may be your boss, someone who teaches a class, a leader of a civic organization, etc.) Why do you follow that person? What about their personality draws you to them and makes you want to participate?

The book I read says that great leaders have a strong following because they play to their strengths and surround themselves with people who have strengths in areas where the leader may be weak. If we take that idea into our missions education meeting spaces, where are you strong? What do you do well? When you are looking for others to help with your group, look for people who lead differently than you do and ask them to help because they are strong in an area where you are weak.

Finding people to be missions education leaders is a hard task, at times. But, if we start looking at leadership strengths and meld together a team based on complementary styles, that team will function better and stay together longer than any team put together based on social reasons or sheer desperation. Our goal for our children is to create an atmosphere in which missions education can thrive and our children can grasp the concept of spreading the gospel by serving others. Let’s look to balance our meeting spaces by blending together a myriad of leaders who complement each other by being different.

Heather Keller serves as the GA and CA consultant at national WMU. She and her husband, Tommy, are busy raising two growing boys, attending high school football games, and taking an occasional cruise.


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