Teamwork is not a cliche or a buzzword. It’s God’s strategy to bring His purposes into the earth. God calls the individual and commissions the team.
David was called but assembled his mighty men to win battles.
Moses was called as the leader, but God used Jethro to help him implement teams.
Jonah was called to save Nineveh, but God used a team on a boat to propel him toward his purpose.
Jesus told Peter He would build His church on him but commissioned ALL of the disciples to go into all the world.
We need to realize that although God individually calls us to things, it’s always in the context of a team. We live in an individual society but serve a team-driven God. He HIMSELF is on a team (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). In this blog, I want to talk about how to be an ideal team player and identify the qualities of an ideal team.
Three Keys to being an Ideal Team Player
(The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni)
This is the single most important thing you can have as a team player. You cannot be a team player if you are concerned about status or ego.
Great team players understand that credit has to be shared, and they define it collectively rather than individually.
This doesn't mean being deflated or insecure, but QUITE the opposite. It means you understand what you bring to the table and recognize that it is there to strengthen the team, not overshadow it.
Hungry people are always looking for more (more to do, more to take on).
They are self-motivated AND diligent.
Hunger is a manageable and sustainable commitment to doing a job well and going above and beyond what is expected.
3. People Smarts
The key to people smarts is threefold and is defined as the ability to be interpersonally appropriate and aware. People with people smarts are good at:
Asking good questions.
Listening to what others are saying.
Staying engaged in conversations intently.
Signs of a Healthy High Performing Team
(Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni)
Trust--This is the ability to trust the motives and the actions of people on the team. Believe the best about people.
Healthy conflict resolution--Solve the problem, have mature conversations, and DO NOT GOSSIP. Gossip or dramatic venting reveals more about you than the team member.
Unwavering commitment--Everyone must be committed to accomplishing the mission personally and professionally.
Strong accountability--The team must value feedback and must hold each other accountable to accomplishing the mission.
Measure the results--A team must always inspect where they are and make improvements to get better. Inspection without redirection is prideful cynicism. Inspection with healthy redirection is great TEAMWORK.