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Leading Teams with Care - Lesson 5

Five Essential Factors: Purpose

In this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership, you will learn about the importance of leading with care, including the need for care in leadership, the effects of care on team performance and retention, and the biblical basis for leading with care. You will also learn how to develop a culture of care in leadership, including creating a safe and supportive environment, empathy and listening skills, and prioritizing personal development and growth. Finally, you will learn practical steps for leading with care, including establishing clear expectations and goals, providing feedback and encouragement, and balancing accountability with compassion.

Rick Sessoms
Leading Teams with Care
Lesson 5
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Five Essential Factors: Purpose

Lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership: Leading Teams with Care

I. The Importance of Leading with Care

A. The Need for Care in Leadership

B. The Effects of Care on Team Performance and Retention

C. The Biblical Basis for Leading with Care

II. Developing a Culture of Care in Leadership

A. Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment

B. Empathy and Listening Skills

C. Prioritizing Personal Development and Growth

III. Practical Steps for Leading with Care

A. Establishing Clear Expectations and Goals

B. Providing Feedback and Encouragement

C. Balancing Accountability with Compassion

IV. Conclusion

A. Recap of the Importance of Leading with Care

B. Call to Action: Implementing Care in Leadership


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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.

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Dr. Rick Sessoms Leading Teams with Care MC611-05 Five Essential Factors Purpose Lesson Transcript [00:00:03] Well, as we go through this process, then we're going to be talking for the remainder of this course on five essential factors for an effective team. So we're talking about a good team here. Purpose roles, process, leadership and communication. Let's start with purpose. Every team needs a purpose. Which means that every member is aligned to a specific task. That has three. Characteristics. And this is going to seem very simple. I hope it is. The task is common. That means that everybody. Is on board with it. Everybody owns it. Everybody understands it. It is something that we share together this purpose. Secondly, that the task is clear. It is not obtuse. It is the terminology. Whatever the case may be, the task is clear to everyone. We're all straight on what this task is all about. And then finally, very important, it's compelling. So. The purpose that we're talking about is a purpose for which every member of the team is aligned to a task that have those three elements. That's common, clear and compelling. If it does not have all three of those characteristics, it is not a good purpose. And I can give you many examples, but it seems pretty simple. But I want to say to you that when I presented this information to teams in the past, most teams do not have a purpose that meets these three characteristics. In fact, it may shock you to know that probably somewhere in the category of 5%. Of the teams that I work with. Fulfill all three of these characteristics. They may be. It may be common. But it's not compelling. It may be clear, but it's not common. Or it may be missing two or three of them. Of those, I don't know. [00:02:53] Think about. Think about teams that your own. Would you would you say that the teams that you're on have purposes that that fulfill all three of those characteristics. I work with you? Of course. Yeah, of course it does. I can think of a team, my mom, that I think has elements of all three, but some are stronger than others. Yeah, I think that part of our, um, some of the struggles we've been facing is because our task is not completely clear to all team members. But we do it. We definitely have I think we have a clear task. I think it's just different people's understanding of it needs to be better designed. Maybe we need to have a discussion more about. About our common kitchen. Wonder how many of us are involved in entities that sometimes function not as a team but as a group and at other times functional teams, depending on the task. The. It's a good point. So according to this, you are functioning as a team because you have a task. Otherwise, it's a group. Or it's not a team that's functioning, let's put it that way. All right. So let me ask you to do this. Usually at this point, if I'm working with a team or a team and often do that, I would encourage them at this point to work together on their team purpose. And it may take an hour or two to work through this process so that they can finally arrive at a purpose that is clear and common and compelling. And that's a huge challenge for most groups that I work with in lieu of that, because not all of you work on the same team. May I suggest that you, in your mind, think of a team that you're on right now? Can you all think of a team that you're on right now? [00:05:10] I would like to ask you if you would take about two or 3 minutes and just jot down what you perceive to be the purpose of that team. Can you do that? Just do that individually. And as you're writing it. Just think to yourself, is this is this purpose that I'm writing? Is it common to all of us? Do we all agree on it? Do we all own it? Is it clear? Do we all understand it? What if I gave this statement to everybody on team? Would they understand it? And thirdly, does it get us out of bed in the morning? Is it something that compels us beyond just the ordinary duty to get it done, that fair? So if you would think of a team that your own and just jot that down, if you would. And we'll work through in just a few moments. Take the next step. I'd just like to ask if you'd be willing just to turn to your partner and discuss what you've written down. His purpose statements. And it's sort of describe what you've written down and discuss together. Are these is this statement common to our team as best you can read it, is it clear and is it compelling? And if not, why not? And then the next question that I'd like you to ask each other is what might it take to make this statement common to our group or clear to our group or compelling in our in our team? So if you could just pair up and think about that carefully, because these are this is a critical issue about an effective team is the purpose of the team. Without this purpose, this is kind of the North Star. [00:07:03] Tim and I are working with some groups right now, and oftentimes what we find with these groups is that if we don't focus on our purpose, if we don't focus on where we're going, what our endgame is, we end up spending a lot of time building the tower, as it were. We tend to focus on the structure of the team and you know, who's on first, who's on second, who gets to lead, who has to follow, you know, who's in charge and all that kind of stuff. And they it's really important to get the purpose and the goal clear so that that that this is what we have out in front of us as the collective. Otherwise, we can go off in different directions. So very important steps share with each other what you have, what you've written down and ask those tough questions. Is this clear? And as best I can tell to our group, is it common? Is it compelling? And if it's not, why not? If it's not, what would it take to get there? Is that is that fair to wrestle with a little bit among ourselves? I'd really like to have you do that. So take just a few moments and you can you can join in twos or join in threes and do that and see where that conversation leads. You try to help each other a little bit here. I'm just going to kind of Rome and listen, if that's all right to you as you as you talk. Want to encourage you that when you when you go from here to work on your teams, that you take these three characteristics and begin to work them. Because I'm really hearing some great, great thinking about what needs to be done, what gaps there are. [00:08:53] One person has said that when we have these three there, it's heaven. Or maybe it that's what heaven will be like. And until then, it won't quite be there. But this is a an aspiration, a move that we can make and certainly as leaders should be making toward. And in fact, a team, those that don't have these three can really lag. So I just want to encourage that. Are there comments that or reflections that came out of your group experience that you'd like to share? They in particular? Well, I was just, you know, I just made the comment that this the task is compelling. When it's more personal. It's compelling. I think. A compelling aspect to it. There's no question about that. Yeah, if it touches you personally. There was a comment made over here about the compelling aspect. You want to share that. Oh, I was just waiting. And you helped me get my story more straight. But I remember Steve Jobs was attempting to recruit John Sculley from Pepsi to Apple when Apple was fairly young and in. And he wanted to recruitment as the CEO. And Sculley was resistant to moving from a very successful PepsiCo to a school fledgling Apple. And Steve Jobs finally said to John, he said, Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water or do you want a chance to change the world? And that was so compelling to John in his resistance, was overcome and moved over. So I think the point that I heard that's an excellent example, the point that I heard coming out of the group, which is excellent, is that while a purpose may be compelling initially, the reality is that that the compelling nature of it is part of leadership role to continue to instill that kind of inspiration, to instill that kind of compulsion, if you would, that this is something that we rise above our natural inclinations to do together. [00:11:21] And so that is a role of leadership, that compelling piece that the job certainly provided continually within his context and Apple over the years. Well, take that one on, if you would. As I said, it's easier said than done. Those are not difficult concepts to understand. But, but sometimes quite challenging to apply within our work teams, at least as I have worked with them.
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