Our friend Eric Swanson who has a passion for helping churches engage with their cities for societal change advises city leaders to take a team approach. In this article you will be lead through 15 steps to becoming an effective leader through the metaphor of being a team coach. These steps include how to cast and communicate a vision, having a game plan, seeing people for who they can become and so much more.
“‘We who coach have great influence on the lives of those we lead, and the lives we lead will play an important role in their future. It is essential that we regard this as a sacred trust and set the example that we know is right.'”
Effective coaching is about changing the future. Every coach is a coach because at some point in time he determined that he could make a difference for the destiny of a team and in the lives of individuals. He has decided that through his influence, mentoring, love and leadership, he can help people and groups of people be what they never thought they could become. Coaches believe that people and the future will be better because of them.
As leaders, we operate in four roles–As a 1) Direction Setter, 2) Spokesperson, 3) Change-Agent and 4) Coach. As a Direction Setter and Change Agent you are responsible for shaping the future of the movement. As a Coach you are responsible for preparing, equipping and motivating those on your team to step into that future.
One element common to all effective coaches is this: They realize that their success is tied to their ability to make others successful. Their joy is in the development and victories of those on their team. As a ministry leader, you are a player-coach — a player who coaches and a coach who plays. The measure of your effectiveness is the development and accomplishment of those on your team — motivating and preparing others to play and win. Have you come to that point?…
Finish reading this article Being an Effective Team Coach.
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