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CM Leaders: What Kind of Teammate are you?

Leadership //

This morning, Amy Dolan opened CM Leaderswith a personal story about her struggle to move from leading alone to being part of a team. For many of us, being the leader means being focused and having it all together. As Amy discovered, even if you have a team around you, you’re still a lone wolf leader.

For her, and for me, when you talk to a volunteer about helping  you lead something, you present them with a plan, charts, vision statements and anything else you can think of…and that leaves them with the question: “Why do you need me?”

So Amy, realizing that to have the best ministry possible, she needs to co-lead with others. That meant calling people and asking them to help. That meant being uncomfortable in the meeting because you don’t have a plan. She called in others, apologized for not being a good team mate by trying to lead alone…and of course, all the projects are going better than if she had done it herself.

The take away: Share the burden of leadership – not with a fully developed plan that you want them to assist with, but getting help with, from the ground up, co-leading.

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About the Author

Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.