What It Takes To Develop A Winning Team (Four Things)

In an interview with coaching legend John Wooden, John Maxwell asked what gave his teams so many winning seasons?

Wooden answered with these four components that I believe can be applied to any team – including the church leadership team you have assembled:

1) Analyze the players

Leaders must know their team members, their strengths and weaknesses and how they fit into the team.  Where are they most gifted?  What can they offer to the team?  It’s a difficult task for any church leader to transition from attention on the congregation to attention on the staff and leadership team.  But, as your circle grows smaller, your investment in the lives of leaders allows you to know where they best fit in the big picture, thereby strengthening the organization and affecting lives of many more people than you could on your own.

2) Get them to fulfill their roles as part of the team

What is required of each team member? Do they know what is expected? What are the three or four you need them to do really well in order for the organization to benefit?   It’s critical for the leader to help nail down the specifics of the team roles.  Accountability, structure, feedback and vision help each team member fulfill their part on the team.

3) Pay attention to fundamentals and details

The details make or break teams.  Keep the main focus in front of your team.  Each team member should know how things operate.  What is the main goal?  What is the win?  How will we measure those successes?  What are the basics of the team that need to be done each day, each week, and each year?  How can the whole team be held accountable to some of those things that offer the most return?  Good people skills, highly productive, good time management, good communication are just a few basics.

4) Work well with others

Every team member needs to work well with others – on the team and outside of the team. Highly productive people are able to build bridges and influence people in a positive way. Without this component, the whole team is in trouble.  If one team member isn’t willing to work, or has a bad attitude, everyone suffers.  Talent, skill, and ability isn’t contagious, but attitude is.  Be the person who works well with others with a humble, encouraging and willing to learn attitude.

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