(Food For Leaders)

By: *Pastor Jack Siame*

7th July, 2018


*… What is this thing that thou doest to the people?* why sittest thou thyself alone, *and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?* Exodus 18:14

If you want to do something small, do it alone, but if you want it big, build a team. Teams perform better than individuals.

It takes teamwork to make a dream work. And It takes a leader to make a team work. To make a team work one of the things you need to do is to ensure that relationships between team members are working well.

How team members relate with each other will determine what they will be able to accomplish together. When team members have a healthy relationship with each other, teamwork will be exciting, fun, and excellent.

As a leader, it is up to you to encourage and build meaningful relationships between your team members that will help them meet their goals, and do their work as one cohesive unit.

Good team relationships impacts a person’s life beyond the workplace; they help people become better in everything they do.

✔️ _*employ people to help people*_

Proverbs 27:17, *”You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.”* (MSG).

Use teammates to sharpen each other. The Bible says, *”If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength; but wisdom [to sharpen the axe] helps him succeed [with less effort].”* (Ecclesiastes 10:10, AMP).

*Do you want you people to succeed with less effort?* Invest in relationship building.

I like to take my people out on a camp at least once a year, we are never the same after this program. Those who were not established in the ministry get established. Those who were weak become strong…meaningful relationships are built as people fellowship and do odd jobs together. I have also seen the need to do more.

Maybe what your department needs is a braai or an outing. Take them out for refreshments. It will cost you and the team, but the cost is worth it, for the results will be greater than the cost.

✔️ _*Develop influence through relationships*_

Proverbs 27:17, *”As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion]”* (Amp)

Those you have trained should be taught on how to train others both in formal and informal setups.

*”…the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are [absolutely] necessary”* 1 Corinthians 12:22

Everyone who is doing better should be an influence to someone who isn’t. Get them connected and get them working.

There things that are taught, and there are things that are caught.

✔️ *_They can only be as good as their thinking_*

Proverbs 27:17, *”Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other”* (CEV).

People perform according to how they think, if they can think better, they can do better. Help them think better; assign those who are doing better to befriend those who are not and be a positive influence to them.

Only the greater can befriend the lesser. An ordinary citizen can’t decide to make the president his friend, but the president can. Encourage your leading team members to interact with young members and help them.

You cannot lift someone you have not touched.

You cannot lift someone who is above you

You cannot lift someone very high who is on the same level with you

You can only lift those who are below you

We go higher as we lift each other. And we move forward as we lead even as we are led.

✔️ *_They can teach each other_*

Proverbs 27:17, *”People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.”* (GNT)

You don’t need to teach everything and everyone by yourself. Train those you’ve taught to be able to teach others and task them to do it.

✔️ _*They can inspire each other*_
Proverbs 27:17, *” A friendly discussion is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron”* (TLB)

A good fellowship makes the heart happy and the mind free.

✔️ _*They can motivated each other*_

Proverbs 27:17, *” _Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”*_

✔️ _*They can only be as good as their company*_

*”One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”* (Proverbs 13:20). One who walks with winners and effective team members will become effective.

Communicate what you expect each team leader to do as far team relationships are concerned. Teach them how to build meaningful relationships with the people they are leading. Teach them and also show them how it should be done by the way you relate with them. *”A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”* (Proverbs 18:24)

Train your team to be very welcoming to new members. And to learn to celebrate each other’s achievements, birthdays, anniversaries, and to be there for each other in bad times.


_It is easier to complement each other when we genuinely love each other… Friends work better together than workmates_


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