In the last 2 leadership lessons I sent out I spoke about Alignment and Formation from the lesson we can learn from the GEESE.
1.Geese fly together, they share a common goal and direction
2.Geese stay in formation
This lesson 3: Geese rotate roles, they encourage the leader and empower others to lead.
For the lead goose in the formation, ‘drag’ is high. When the lead goose in the formation tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose takes its place. The lead goose then immediately feels the advantage of lifting power from the bird immediately in front of it.
One of the greatest challenges of leadership is when we become weary.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
Galatians 6:9 NIV Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
We understand that at some point we all get weary, we all get tired especially as we come into the end of the year.
Weariness has a serious implication on our ability to lead.
At our last leadership connect we got to hear the “WHAT” that our other leaders are responsible for. Each of the leaders got to share HOW we are going.
Often the greatest challenge is that we can be there for each other when the going gets tough.
Imagine having a culture that when the going gets tough, instead of the tough get going we were able to step up and step in for those leaders’ in their time of need. We were able to share the load.
Imagine what it would be like as church if we created a leadership culture that when things get tough the leaders don’t back out completely but like in a sport team, they can take a break, sit it on the bench for a few weeks and there are others in the team that can take on the challenge of leading their department or area.
Ideally, we could all raise up a 2IC to step in, but we don’t always have that someone who its ready. So, until we do let’s look out for each other, let’s be aware of how the other leaders are going and least stand together in this great cause of building the Church and God’s house.
I love the lessons that we can learn from the geese and support each other in their roles.
On another leadership issue if we are honest with our evaluation of our guests, we are an extremely friendly and welcoming church. But what we have recognised is that we are not doing well at assimilation. Getting people locked in over a 10-week period.
So, this broadens our challenge of not only being there for our first time guests each week, but being willing to adopt a newcomer to be their spiritual mentor and to see them assimilated into the church. Without continuously blowing this trumpet, our Next Steps is the pathway we have to lead them through the assimilation process.
Here is a link to the lesson I have done on NEXT Steps for the church. If you have not done this lesson, then I would strongly encourage you to have a look and a listen otherwise it will be impossible to work together as a team if you don’t know where and how we are trying to help people to assimilate.