Setting Standards in Leadership.

Leadership //

Leading people looks a little different depending on the environment in which you lead. As a charge nurse in a local emergency room I lead a team of people who were responsible for peoples lives. As a Children’s Pastor the team I lead has much different responsibilities. Despite the different environments that we lead in there are certain principles that apply to nearly all of them. One that I want to share here is the idea of setting standards.

Obviously setting high standards is very important in an emergency room. Without high standards bad things happen. I would argue that high standards are even more important in ministry. While people’s lives are at stake in the emergency room, peoples souls are what we risk in ministry. So, what is the principle?

I have found that regardless of where you set the standards the majority of people will strive to meet the standard. By my estimation somewhere around 80% of people will do all they can to live up to the standards you set. Of the remaining 20%, half will never live up to the standard no matter what you do and half will exceed it no matter where you set the standard.. I have found this to be true no matter where the standard is set. I suppose there is a point where the standard could be set too high and the number that reach it would be less. What does this mean for leaders?

Expect great things. Regardless of the environment in which you lead, expect greatness from the people you lead. Achieving greatness requires hard work. This can keep us from striving for greatness. If YOU don’t have high expectations for your ministry, don’t expect your team to.

Communicate well. As I said above most of the people on your team will live up to the expectations that you set. In fact most of the people on your team WANT to live up to your expectations. They can only do this if they KNOW what the expectations are. Communicate them clearly. Communicate them well. Communicate them often.

Evaluate often. No one likes a micromanager, but you have to know how well your team is doing. Make them a part of the evaluation process. Look at what you are doing. Remind yourself of why you do what you do and see if you are achieving that goal.

Do it with love. As we communicate, as we evaluate we must do all that we do with love. Our desire to achieve great things, to have great impact in the lives of kids can cause us to forget to love people. It can lead us to act harshly towards the people that we lead. Remember that the people you lead are on your team because they are passionate about the same things that you are passionate about.





About the Author

My name is Matt Norman and I am the Children’s Pastor at The Rock in Winter Haven, FL. I am married to my high school sweet heart Kim and have two kids; Trey, 11 and Jayden, 4. I love being in ministry to children and their parents, as well as to other adults. I love sharing the gospel and other Biblical truths. I love worshiping and leading worship.  I love seeing kids grow spiritually. I love equipping God’s people for works of good service. Basically, I love ministry. In addition to ministry I have spent 17 years working in a local hospital, 16 of them in the emergency room. Trust me this experience comes in handy in children’s ministry. God is working in my life. I don’t yet know what he has planned, but I know that it is going to be cool. I’m watching and praying and doing what I can to make myself ready for whatever it is that God is working out in my life and my ministry. I love teaching kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a camp speaker, or a special speaker for your training event then use the email link at the top of the page to contact me. I would love to come along side you to have a greater impact on kids and their families for The Kingdom.