Since July I’ve taken on a new role here in Athens: team leader. I’m responsible for ministry vision and overall team health. I’ve been learning a lot over the past 10 months – a whole lot! The experience has been something of a crash course… but at the same time, I love the journey and love the ways that God has been challenging me. Please continue to pray for me as I continue to grow into this new role – pray that I continue to learn and yet continue to lean on God’s wisdom; that I continue to listen and yet continue to lead boldly as a steward of this role!
Here are some great insights from Ron Edmondson on the ten characteristics of a healthy team. Pray that we don’t just talk about becoming a healthy team, but begin taking concrete steps, begin living out some of the characteristics below!
- A shared vision is held by all team members.
- Team members and their individual ideas are equally valued.
- Leadership development is a part of the strategy.
- The organization readily embraces change and risk taking is encouraged.
- Team members are continually energized and encouragement flows freely.
- It’s a fun place to hang out…people enjoy their work and relationships are deeper than just the professional environment.
- Mistakes are considered part of the learning process.
- The structure doesn’t limit growth, but provides healthy boundaries.
- There is a freedom to offer constructive criticism, even of top leadership, without fear of retribution.
- Conflict is not discouraged, but used to make the team better.