Tom Phillips says in Leaders on Leadership, that if a team is going to be healthy there are some basic principles to remember.
Team leadership and personal disciplines cannot be seperated.
Here is Phillips quote:
“An effective ministry team exhibits discipline on three planes: spiritual, physical and mental.
Discipline also operates on two organizational levels: personal and corporate. Discipline is vital. A physical unkept team is normally undisciplined in other ways. Physical discipline, however, is secondary to spiritual. It is mandatory that every person in the team be responsible for spiritual intake, communion with God and his own personal intimacy with Christ and others.
As Billy Graham has often said regarding early mornings, “No Bread, no bread.” In my life, it is my goal to have a daily quiet time, exercise physically every day (even when traveling) and to read something to refresh my mind and help me to grow in knowledge.” (page 225)
Leadership and Personal Disciplines: Quotes of John Maxwell
- The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.
- Leaders never outgrow the need to change.
- Leadership involves the heavy burden of responsibility, and the fear of getting it wrong can paralyze a leader.
- Confront your inadequacies and push your personal boundaries: It’s the surest way to grow, improve and expand the scope of your influence.
- Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.
- Transmit your vision emotionally by gaining credibility, demonstrating passion, establishing relationships and communicating a felt need. Transmit it logically by confronting reality, formulating strategy, accepting responsibility, celebrating victory and learning from defeat.
- Values hold the team together, provide stability for the team to grow upon, measure the team’s performance, give direction and guidance and attract like-minded people.
- Coming together is a beginning, and staying together is progress, but only when teams sweat together do they find success.
- The Wrong Person in the Wrong Place = Regression. The Wrong Person in the Right Place = Frustration. The Right Person in the Wrong Place = Confusion. The Right Person in the Right Place = Progression. The Right People in the Right Places = Multiplication.
- An organization’s structure does not cause growth, but it does control the rate and size of your growth.
- Talented performers flock to the best and brightest leaders, and these leaders in turn lift the lids off their people and uncork the latent talent inside of them.
- The best way to serve the individuals on the team is to see that the whole team wins.