Identifying Key Players

Teamwork allows those that are more creative to make a greater contribution to the overall ministry. As Hans Finzel in his book, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make, says, “Make room for the mavericks.” Leaders must recognize creative spirits, “listening for the unfamiliar” (Gangel and Canine in Communication and Conflict Management), and pushing them to the frontlines of ministry. Leaders must realize that workers, “want to go where the action is, they want to make a difference, they want to work in flat organizations, and they want to be in control of their destinies” (Finzel, 182). In 1996 Scott Cook recognized the need for decentralization when he decided to take his company, Intuit Inc., through a major re-launch. As this change was extremely difficult, he remarks in a FastCompany interview, “We’ve been able to change by identifying our most passionate people and by letting them set the course.” Leaders must recognize the creative innovators and free them from the slavery of the confinements of security and low-risk mentality.

To be an effective leader requires the humility, as “a fixation on control tends to stifle creativity,” says Filipczak from his book, It Takes All Kinds: Creativity in the work place. In his book, The Leader as a Chang Agent, Doug Murren explains that, “Leader should apply themselves to the task of identifying, nurturing and giving opportunities to those who have the ability to be creative” (205). Within group work, these creative minds will flourish, marking them for future service. This supports Warren Benson, Edmund Chan and Mark Senter who instruct in their book, “A healthy organization has a sense of order, yet a high rate of innovation also. Effective leaders will surround themselves with ‘idea people.'” I strongly agree with Gangel and Canine who state in their book, What Healthy Christian Organizations Look Like, “Leaders are not persons who can do things better than others in the organization; they are persons who can help others in the organization do things better than they themselves can” (103). As a leader identifies key players, above all, he or she must show that a group of diverse people truly need one another, and that is what “team” is all about.

As we seek team leadership, make sure you aren’t threatened by the stars or mavericks.  We must embrace them…even if it means for them to take part of our job…even parts that we love.

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~ by Dave Smith on August 7, 2008.

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