How to Use Coaching With Staff and Volunteer Teams

In November 2009, I wrote these words about how it takes a team to run a church:

“A key step is to STOP trying to do this alone. Sure, you have a team in place, but aren’t you really trying to play all of the positions yourself, running all over the field and wearing yourself thin? I’ll tell you exactly what Jethro told Moses – if you don’t start to delegate, you’ll burn yourself out.” (Click here to read the entire article.)

You can put the best team into place and still run into problems if that team isn’t functioning smoothly. And that starts with you.

When you bring coaching skills into team leadership, you can:

  • Create a safe space where people can speak openly and honestly
  • Empower team members to take responsibility for their own actions, thoughts, words and tasks
  • Listen deeply to what each person is saying and not saying
  • Match the right task to the right person, so everyone gets to play to their strengths
  • Inspire a positive attitude
  • Keep the group focused on taking action and maintaining forward momentum

Which of these elements have been missing from teams you’ve been part of in the past?

How would it feel to be part of a team whose leader was practising these concepts?

What would these elements to add to your current team meetings?

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