In ministry today it’s all about teams. The one man show, the Lone Ranger days are quickly coming to an end. What does a truly healthy team look like? Ron Edmondson shares one clear sign with us.
Originally Posted by Ron Edmondson
I’ve often said that good leaders never assume silence means that everyone is in agreement.
I still believe that. Leaders and situations can be intimidating. Some team members simply choose not to participate.
There is one caveat to this principle, however.
When a team is healthy, the leader is approachable, and team members are encouraged to participate in discussion:
Silence can be interpreted as agreement.
- The freedom to challenge is present
- The fear of retribution is absent
- The power of unity is prominent
- The spirit of cooperation is elevated
- The synergy of differences is celebrated
When you are on a healthy team, people feel freedom to speak up when needed, so if they don’t, you can often safely assume they are in agreement.
I’ll be candid, as I write this, I’m six months into leading a new team. I’m not sure we are there yet, but in the months to come, I’ll be looking to measure progress in this way.
Ask yourself this question: What does silence on the team indicate?
In that answer, if you’re honest, you may find the answer.
+Are you serving on a healthy team?