Your church or organization is like a train. There are things you’re doing that causing the train to move – the coal. There are things outside of your control that are either speeding up the train or slowing it down – hills, air resistance. And there are things within your control that are slowing the train down – baggage or needless weight.
The next time you gather your team together, try identifying what’s core to your team and what needs to happen to keep things running like casting vision, celebrating, or having the right metrics.
Then, identify the things outside of your control that are moving your team forward or slowing you down like neighborhood growth and decline, market growth and decline, change in leisure activities, or just the time of the year.
Then, after that, identify what’s within your control that could be slowing your team down like toxic team members, a weak culture, or a lack of planning.
For you personally, reflect on whether or not you want to be on the train that you are on. Is it time for a career change? Are you feeling a push away from your current team or a pull toward another one? If you are feeling like it’s time for a move, check your motives. Are you feeling the way you are feeling just because others are leaving, because of a conflict with your boss or someone on your team, because you are bored or not being challenged?
So, the fact of the matter is you’re either helping the train move forward or you’re slowing it down. Don’t be dead weight. Find your place on the train, give it your all – either on the train or off it.
Now that you understand leadership change and trains, what are you going to do about it?