What’s All the Hype About a Good Team?

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Encouragement, Leadership, Team

I’ve been processing what separates teams that are great from those that are just good (sounds like a book title, I know). To say you’re on a “good” team or you’ve got a “good” team sounds bland to me. It says the team is adequate. The identifier “good” in team even implies that there are better teams outperforming the team you, only moments ago, thought so highly of.  Is that your goal?

My goal is to find and be a part of some of the best teams imaginable. But whether it’s a staff team, a sports team, a team of camera operators or ushers and greeters, what separates them from just being good? What kind of goals does that team need to have to be the best at what they do? A great team doesn’t need to be number one, or even the best; they just have the intention of getting there.

I recently spoke at Woodside Bible Church in Troy, Mich.  Steve Coyner along with his tech crew from the Image Magnification team attended the sessions because they want to take over the title of “the greatest I-Mag crew on the planet.” You can imagine their surprise when I indicated that I had the incredible privilege to be the staff representative for the “greatest I-Mag team on the planet” at Granger Community Church.

This isn’t a post on the greatest I-Mag team on the planet – although I think they are – but, rather, it’s about what sets any team apart as the greatest. In some ways, it’s talent, and in others, experience and training. Becoming the greatest certainly includes the way team members are valued and encouraged as they engage in ministry. The way teammates take ownership in the team and respond to the responsibilities of being the greatest is another significant factor.

The reality is – and I may be telling you something you already know – you can and must have components of all of the above. But if you, as the leader of any team, are not casting a compelling reason for your team to engage, your team might be “good,” but it’ll never cross over to great.

Yep, it all comes down to vision. Even though you already know that, here’s my question: Are you casting a good vision (adequate) or are you casting great vision to inspire a great team? Do team members arrive fired up because they know they have the opportunity to help change lives because of their ministry?  Do they know that it’s even ministry? Do team members have the “mission from God” attitude? (That just sounds like vision)

As a leader, ask yourself this question: Are team members doing what they do out of obligation, compulsion or guilt, or do they have a passion to serve based on a compelling vision that’s been given to them?

As you communicate, add great vision to the equation and you will lead great teams.

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