TO DO GREAT THINGS BUILD GREAT TEAMS Part 5
*”…Follow me, and I will make you…* Matthew 4:19
Great teams don’t make themselves, they are made by great people. Great leaders build great teams because they know they can only accomplish so much by themselves.
Team building is about sharing greatness. I tell people, *_”Am only as great as the people I have raised.”_* It’s the truth. Unless you deliberately and systematically help your team members to become great, you can’t be called _a great leader._
Leadership is about changing lives. It’s about bringing greatness out of mediocrity; success out of failure… you can only make it in leadership as you help others make it.
Leaders raise leaders, not followers. When you concentrate on raising followers, _your work will grow in addition_. But if you concentrate on raising leaders, _your work will be multiplied,_ for you won’t be the only one doing what you are doing.
You qualify for the next level only when you have brought your team to your current level.
Nobody should meet you and remain the same.
Let’s look at David for instance, the Bible says that when he was fleeing from King Saul, he escaped to the cave Adullam, _*”And every one that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.”*_ (1 Samuel 22:2). Imagine starting a ministry with 400 members who are broke, in debt, discontented, and in distress. That’s how David started. David knew he was not an ordinary man. He knew he was a leader and was ready to lead these people into their greatness.
When we started our church with 7 people in Chibolya, five years ago, I made up my mind I was going to build a team that was going to change the world. And I am at it. I am yet to preach to poor people, I’ve never for one second seen my people poor. I have a vision for everyone I am leading, and I treat them according to their future and not according to their present.
Listen, *_great leaders don’t look for perfect people, they look for people they can perfect._* They don’t look for already made people, they look for people they can make through their leadership. They say, _”follow me and I will make you”_
Stop looking for millionaires to join your church, raise them.
Stop looking for someone who can pray very well to join your prayer department and take it to a new level, train your own people to do what you want them to do.
*You are responsible for their greatness.*
David didn’t chase these people, he kept them, trained them, and raised them into mighty men. Until the majority of those that started with him came up to his level, he was not ready for the next level. 2 Samuel 23:8-39 tells us of their exploits. They became giant killers like David. And most of them became captains and David graduated to King.
Mighty men are raised and not reared. Don’t put them in positions or give them roles if you are not going to invest in their growth.
As a matter of fact, you should not expect much from where you invested little.
Become a positive influence on your team members.
Develop meaningful personal relationships with your people. Get to know them on a personal level. _*You can only lift someone you have touched.*_
_Believe in them and they will believe in you. Commit yourself to their growth, and they will commit themselves to the growth of your work. Be loyal to them and they will be loyal to you._