Do you spend time with your teammates? (209-5)
Skilled leaders know the importance of spending time with key followers, especially in the early stages of their time together. Read John 1:35-39.
When John the Baptist publicly recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God, two of his disciples heard him and followed Jesus. Jesus saw them following Him and invited them to come with Him and according to verse 39 they “spent that day with Him.” Jesus did more than spend time with these men; He opened Himself allowing them to have a relationship with Him.
Leaders develop at different speeds but the most important thing any leader can do to assist in a teammate’s development is spend time with them to establish relationship. Spending time is the only way a leader can mentor, nurture, support, and provide wise counsel. In the one day Andrew spent with Jesus he determined Jesus was the promised Messiah. Based on the belief he established in one day, Andrew devoted his life to support Jesus and sought out his brother Simon Peter to tell him, “We have found the Messiah.”
Do you spend time with your teammates? Have you given thought to how you may deepen your relationship with your teammates? In my personal experience it is relationship that will hold a team together in difficult times and keep them focused when things are going better than expected. The trust earned by establishing an honest relationship is often the only reason a teammate will take an action that they feel puts them at risk financially, physically or emotionally. The effective leader looks for opportunity to interact with their teammates and is available for questions or to simply give some encouragement.
John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
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