Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course 5, Lesson 12
Reducing Turnover Through Successful Teamwork
Copyright 2001 Dick Wulf
Although church volunteers participate because of a sense of duty, they will stay on their teams because of the people they work with. They enjoy working in teams — IF those teams are led as teams — which is rarely the case.
If Christians are drawn together in a real team effort, one filled with teamwork and team purpose, those people grow close to one another. Accomplishing things together and helping each other succeed knit people together, like peas in a pod. When another opportunity comes along, they often do not want to leave a team that works well together and makes things happen.
It is uncommon to find teams that really accomplish outstanding things by working together. This is because few team leaders are trained in leading the team.
Successful teams use the assets of the various team members. Knowing that they are valuable to the team and have their role to play keeps people from leaving church teams.
Also, people are often unable to commit for the long term if they do not have a sense of ownership of the team. Too often church teams are oriented to the desires of the team leader. Team members are recruited to "work for" the leader rather than adopt a team purpose which is their own. But when a team leader realizes that the team and its purpose must belong to the team members rather than the team leader, team members will have the sense of ownership that keeps them on the team and own the job.
Next: Developing Your Team So That it Stays Focused on the Team’s Purpose
in Such a Way That Individual and Team Motivation Is Not Lost
Copyright 2012 Dick Wulf, Colorado, USA