Basics of Team Function

by Frank Damazio

If you have been a leader for any length of time, you likely know that a team is essential to accomplishing goals successfully. You the leader must understand that you are also a player on that team and you have a unique set of responsibilities and challenges. The challenge is getting all the team players into the same boat at the same time, rowing together in the same direction.

The one real calling of a leader is to align the actions of large numbers of people toward a God-given goal and accomplish this goal as a team. As a leader of leaders, our desire should be to find and attain the balance between being a leader among leaders and a team leader among other team leaders. Most successful organizations and churches have a strong leader who forms and functions well with a strong team.

Here are some basics of team function.

A team that is a strong, cohesive, complementary group of leaders pull together in support of a biblical vision lead by a qualified leader.

A team is a small number of leaders with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, specific attainable goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.

A team that succeeds is a team that excels in the basics of team principles and values, with a clear purpose and mission.
A team is not a team just because they work together or because they call themselves a team or because of position or title of team players. A team is first a team in heart and commitment.

A team learns to balance the decision-making process between the team leader and the team in order to maximize the team’s time.

A well-functioning team will create new organizational plans that could better align decisions and actions with strategy as well as operational priorities.

A team grows together by being together. There is a net time gain when the group spends time with each other over individual responsibilities.

Individuals go much further when they are joined with others in a team effort!