Today's post is part of my blog series of sharing chapter four of my book, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community. I hope you find reading the book over the next couple weeks to be enjoyable and beneficial to you as a leader.
Today's section part one of two sections about how to put together a leadership team. Enjoy!
PUT TOGETHER A LEADERSHIP TEAM
An important element of serving and helping people through A Day of Hope is having a leadership team. You can’t do this all alone. Well, I guess you could, but you either wouldn’t be able to serve very many people or you wouldn’t sleep for about a month!
You might be asking, “Why do I need a team?” or “What if I just want to do this by myself?” Good questions, and here are my best reasons why you need a leadership team.
- A team will allow you to serve more people than you can on your own.
- A team will compliment your strengths and make them better.
- A team will fill the gaps in your leadership by doing work in areas that you’re weak in.
- A team will give you extra encouragement when you need it.
- A team will need encouragement from you, and when you encourage them, you encourage yourself.
- A team will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to your thinking.
The only way you’re going to gather a quality team is by passionately sharing your vision with people to see if they want to help. Being passionate helps to show people this is important to you. They’ll want to join your effort because you’re so excited and passionate for the great work about to be done. Remember that when you’re sharing your vision and passion for the sake of gaining a new team member, you need to have the following elements for him or her to join:
- The right person (you as a leader of integrity and a good heart to serve)
- Asking the right person (who you’re trying to recruit to join your team)
- At the right time, (hopefully this time in their life allows them to dedicate extra time to volunteer)
- In the right way, (you need to know how to ask someone to join your team in a way that is convincing)
- With the right cause (the work of A Day of Hope has to be something close enough to their heart to compel them to want to help).
One of the reasons it’s great to sit down with a team of people to think and prepare is that they naturally see things slightly differently than you. And that’s a good thing because they can look at your vision and your planning and improve it. They will also catch small mistakes or elements of your vision that you might have overlooked. I can’t tell you how many times I have had a team member point out an element I had overlooked.
For example, the very first year of A Day of Hope I wanted to deliver baskets of food to 30 families for Thanksgiving. I had planned to deliver all the food and the turkeys the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. There was one small problem: the turkeys were going to be frozen. Delivering a frozen turkey the day before Thanksgiving wouldn’t give the turkey enough time to thaw. As a nineteen year old kid I had never cooked a turkey (even though I had eaten my fair share), so I didn’t have a clue that the turkey needed three days to thaw! Luckily, I shared my vision and plan with a lady who told me that if I was going to deliver frozen turkeys, I needed to deliver them on Sunday or Monday. Therefore, we switched our delivery day from Wednesday to Sunday.
Tomorrow I'll post part two of Put Together a Leadership Team.
Question: How do you put together a leadership team?