This morning, Amy Dolan opened CM Leaders with 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.