Leading Teams with Care - Lesson 4

What is a Team? Definitions

In this lesson on Christ-centered leadership, you will gain knowledge and insight on the dynamics of teams, creating and managing teams, caring for team members, the importance of Christ-centered leadership, the example, principles, and benefits of Christ-centered leadership, leading with purpose and vision, defining and communicating vision, aligning team members with vision, and leading with purpose, as well as creating a culture of care, building trust, providing support, and developing people.

Rick Sessoms
Leading Teams with Care
Lesson 4
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What is a Team? Definitions

Lesson on Christ-centered Leadership

I. Leading Teams with Care

A. Understanding the Dynamics of Teams

B. Creating and Managing Teams

C. Caring for Team Members

II. The Importance of Christ-centered Leadership

A. The Example of Jesus Christ

B. The Principles of Christ-centered Leadership

C. The Benefits of Christ-centered Leadership

III. Leading with Purpose and Vision

A. Defining and Communicating Vision

B. Aligning Team Members with Vision

C. Leading with Purpose

IV. Creating a Culture of Care

A. Building Trust

B. Providing Support

C. Developing People

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  • Learn about Christ-centered leadership, including leading with care and compassion, building and leading effective teams, and the example of Christ.
  • Learn about the importance of caring for your team, trusting God with your team's vision, people, and resources, and cultivating Christ-Centered teams.
  • Learn how to lead teams with care, build trust, and communicate effectively through this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership.
  • This lesson on Christ-centered leadership covers the dynamics of teams, the importance and benefits of Christ-centered leadership, leading with purpose and vision, and creating a culture of care.
  • This lesson teaches you the importance of leading with care, how to develop a culture of care in leadership, and practical steps for leading with care.
  • Learn how to care for team members and create a culture of caring as a Christ-centered leader, and discover the benefits of doing so, including increased team member engagement and productivity, higher job satisfaction, and improved communication and collaboration.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership covers leading teams with care, leading with vision, and leading with wisdom, providing knowledge and insight on building a healthy team culture, communicating a compelling vision, understanding the nature of wisdom, and applying biblical wisdom to leadership decisions.
  • By completing this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership, you will gain insight into team building, leading with care, creating a culture of care, and balancing results and care.
  • Learn how to lead your team with care by understanding the importance of caring for your team members, effective communication, and setting clear expectations.
  • In this lesson, you will learn how to lead with care by understanding the importance of caring for your team, the qualities of a caring leader, and practical strategies for creating a safe environment, building relationships, providing support, and offering encouragement and recognition.
  • In this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership, you will learn the importance of leading teams with care, how to practice it practically, the role of emotions in leadership, and effective communication methods.
  • Learn how to lead and develop a caring team, overcome obstacles to team sustainability, and gain insights into the characteristics of a leader who cares and a caring team.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership will teach you how to lead teams with care, lead through change, and lead with humility.
  • Learn how to be a Christ-centered leader who cares for your team by understanding the biblical foundations, creating a culture of care, leading through change, and sustaining care for yourself and your team.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership provides knowledge and insight into creating a safe and secure environment, promoting individual growth and development, building a cohesive team, developing a culture of care, and practical tips for leading teams with care.

Teamwork is the will of God for the people of God.

Dr. Rick Sessoms Leading Teams with Care MC611-04 What is a Team? Definitions Lesson Transcript [00:00:01] I'd like to just put a couple of definitions on the board and have you think about these. The first one says a team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, common performance goals, an approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Now, what do you see in that definition that strikes you? Okay. What? What, what, what? How does that strike you and what does that mean? That important? Yes, because that means everybody is pulling their weight. Everybody is from the beginning and doing what they spend their time in helping make sure that other people are doing. It blows multiple great blows, multiple ways. It's not just automatically the top two means relationship. It does mean relationship, doesn't it? The size of the number of people. Okay. I think is important as well, because if you have too many members in a team, it's not clear what the goal is in the room with each of those players. And so I think it's true that you have to have a small number of people. So a church of a thousand people could see themselves or call themselves a team in one sense, and we won't argue with that. That's not what we're here for. But when we talk about a team within the within the confines of this course, we are going to talk about a smaller group of people. We're going to talk about a definable, limited number of people. Now, what do I mean by that? Well, I'm not sure what we mean by that, but it simply means enough to get the job done. And but not too many that we start tripping over each other. So there are teams. [00:02:07] Teams can get too big and too unruly and they are not helpful to one another in that process. So there it's that small number of people is important. What else do you see there? Common performance goals. Suggests to me that they are respectful of each other and. Understand that. And also that this can be evaluated. There is an evaluation process that's okay. That there is. Implied there, isn't it? The individuals and team complement each other. It has to be, according to this definition, some synergy that takes place in a team. Otherwise, it may be just as good for the individuals to work on. Hmm. Okay. Well, let's try another one. This is from that famous guy, Anonymous. We've all heard of him. A team is a group organized to work together to accomplish a set of objectives that cannot be achieved effectively by individuals. What do you see there? Like that. Don't like that. My initial reaction is, well, given enough time, I probably could pull this off. Okay. You know, what's implied in that definition, I'd like to suggest is that teamwork is not a panacea for every situation. There are sometimes when teams when working as individuals is appropriate. Do you agree with that? And so we're not suggesting here that teams is right for every situation from now on. There are very clearly times when working as an individual is the appropriate way to go. You don't run a foot race as a team necessarily. You may run in stages. You may do a you know, the what do they call it, the relay. But if you're doing the 100 meter dash, you don't do that as a team. It's individuals. So there are a very that's a very important principle. [00:04:48] So we're not going to suggest the team is for everything at all times, but we are going to talk about when it's appropriate and what makes for an effective team. Questions about that horse on a cross-country team. They're the hurdlers and they're out there. The long jump. Sure they do. Individual thing, right, for the benefit of the team. Yeah, you're right. So maybe we could think together. What are some context in which it's more we would be more appropriate to work as an individual than as a team. Can you think of? Can you think of any. Driving a car. Well, I know some folks that have in my car, they've tried to do it as a team. See it that way. Yes. Yeah, it doesn't work well when there's two feet on the brake. Right? Right. Other context. Yes, Michael. When I was in the Peace Corps, we had a training on how to dig a pit latrine, and we had one pickax in. So one person would be in a hole for a while and the rest would be around supervising, as we call it. And that might not have been the most effective team. One person probably could have done a good job. They retired in a single occasion. So perhaps when there are limited resources. Well, I think dental office. I want one person drilling all my teeth at a time, right? Sure does. Yeah. Yeah. In the development of I mean, a number of people work together, he said, because it's where we're going. These are some of the suggestions. I work better. Yeah. All right, we got these. Just let me write it and then I'll give it to you. And we critique it and then chew it apart. But it's hard to. [00:07:09] Everyone chiming in is one person's typing. Yeah, right. Yeah. I don't think we'd ever get that. The Declaration of Independence, if they were all sitting there talking on it. I mean, I've been in schools where you've all had to come together and write your mission statement or you hit it instead of I was dying because I was like, Just let two people go here and do it. Why are we all in the office adding, Oh, I don't like that word, and I don't like that word forever. Writing, I think to write art permits from the perspective. Takes an individual vision to be shared and then, you know, it's out there in the world. Well, let's try this definition. This is from business, the ultimate resource. I'm not sure who gave that title, but sounds a bit confident, doesn't it? What is a team? Teams are not the same as groups. They need to be planned, built and maintained. A team has a distinct characteristic. It is a group working together to achieve a common purpose. It may be composed of people drawn from different functions, departments or disciplines. What is the difference between a group and a team? In that definition. What's the difference between a group and a team? So there's something intentional about teamwork, right? Interestingly enough, when we think of groups, groups can and often do arise naturally by similar groupings, in other words, homogenous characteristics, people that are like each other and that feel comfortable with each other tend to group together. There's nothing that is planned about that. Oftentimes. There's nothing that is coordinated. It's not intentional. But teams in order to be effective, need to be planned and maintained and monitored because it does involve a diverse group of people. [00:09:28] It involves intentionally bringing people with different skills, with different backgrounds, with different psyches, with different natural preferences together to work on a common purpose. That's a key difference between a group and a team and an important distinction as we think about what we're doing in terms of building one that makes sense. Yeah, it's where leadership comes in. Absolutely. Yeah. Thoughts about that. That makes sense. Well, I'm. Yeah, I am. I'm saying that in order for it to function effectively, it has to be intentional there. It has to be internationalized. I don't know of a team in any context. It just happens. It whether it's a work team or athletic team or whatever, what have you. Uh, because it's, it, it requires this. These people that would not, not naturally come together to come together and work together and function effectively. Question about that. Terms of that definition. It is. The team is moving. So it's doing? Yes. The group doesn't. That's right. A group can gather for lunch, naturally. That's right. A group exists. Is in a space at the same time. That's. That's what a group is. Right. How are you doing so far? You're okay with these definitions? Again, nothing. No perfect definition. But we're working through these definitions to sort of spur our thinking as to where we're going with the conversation.
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