Second Mile Week 3: Teamwork Makes The Leader and The Leader Makes The Team

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Phillippians 2:5-7

This week we discussed aspects of a great leader and teamwork.  I want to focus on one aspect of teamwork that Pastor Mundo talked about and that is the idea of unity.  One thing that makes a team great and a leader great is unity on the team.  The team having the same vision, to shoot for a worthy goal and having a leader there in the midst, continuing giving vision.  He or she can make changes that can entice,  making adjustments to make something better along the way.  For unity on the team a great leader will lead by example and not make himself or herself what the team is all about.  As the scripture is talking about we have to take our vision from our Lord and make the decision ahead of time that we are not going to lord it over anyone.  If anyone had the right to lord it over us, it was Jesus because He was God in the flesh.

For unity to work we have to work on our leadership attitudes.  As the verse says above we have to have Jesus’ attitude.  He had an awesome attitude all the time.  Never did He once act like He was God around the disciples.  They knew He was in charge, but He never flaunted it or looked down at them.  He loved them unconditionally and united them.  They were a crazy different bunch, a fisherman, a tax collector, you name it, it was a diverse cross section of the church at the time.  Jesus brought them together with a common cause, the Kingdom of Heaven. My leadership style is aimed at being in the trenches with the troupes, getting my hands dirty just like everyone else.  I think for unity to happen you have to do some of the work the team you are in charge of is doing.  The leader in reality bears the responsibility of servant-hood on a HNL (hole nother level).  You serve your team in the way of providing encouragement, the tools, the things they need to get the job done.  For the dream to become a reality it takes servant leadership and a willingness to make yourself less than those that you are leading on your team.  It takes an attitude of selflessness and courage to bring a team together in unity.  Team work does make the leader, but the leader can make or break a team.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Good points, all, David. I find that, once God has helped us heal on the inside some of our biggest wounds, then all of that fresh OKness does a miracle in our hearts. It allows us to see the pain, hurts, wounds, of others and naturally want to help them in their own healing. Maybe that’s why Jesus is so able to help us — he’s doing just fine on the inside. Shelby

  2. Mel says:

    David, I’m so glad to be following your blog! I can’t believe how much I just learned in two paragraphs…had to reread them twice to absorb all the info presented here. GREAT post and thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  3. asd539 says:

    Ok, I would be remiss in saying that I made a mistake on the scripture reference. It’s Philippians 2:5-7. Thanks for the awesome comments. Sorry for the error. :-/

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