Five ways church leaders destroy their teams

We’ve all seen it in our careers.

Sometimes churches implode.

Sometimes church staffs disintegrate.  Literally.  Right before our eyes.

Much of this, many times, has to do with the leadership at the top.

Scott Williams gives five ways that he’s seen leaders destroy their teams.  If you’re in charge, watch out for these team killers:

  • 1. My Way Or The Highway (MWOH):  Everyone has an opinion and often times people have thoughts, ideas and suggestions that can be helpful to those that are in charge.  MWOH is fueled by the insecurity of the Leadership Destroyer. MWOH can create an environment of control, but not an environment of healthy success.
  • 2. All About The Numbers: The numbers do matter, the bottom line is important and if it doesn’t make dolla$ it doesn’t make sense. In business, ministry or non-profit work, it’s important to measure things as it’s a great barometer for success. Where numbers become a problem is when the Leadership Destroyer focuses on the numbers, bottom line and measurables so much that they forget about their team of people who are making those numbers happen.
  • 3. Talk But Don’t Listen: No one can get a word in or have an opinion because the Leadership Destroyer is always talking. Not only are they always talking, they never listen. If people are not heard, they will cease to say the things that matter.
  • 4. Change Things For The Sake Of Changing Things: Change is good and sometimes necessary to create forward momentum. The Leadership Destroyer takes this to another level by changing things just to let you know that they’re the boss. They are unwilling to receive feedback or go back to what worked, even if their change isn’t working.
  • 5. They Just Don’t Care: The quickest way to destroy a team is to not care about the players on the team. Team members know the difference between the fake stuff and the genuine care and concern for the individual players and the collective team. Leadership Destroyers care more about their title, role, corner office and the fact that they have arrived than they do their team.

Read more of Scott’s thoughts here…

What do YOU think?

Have you ever worked for a team killer?  What was the biggest downfall and cause of ‘team killage’ that you’ve seen in your career?

Todd

5 Comments

  • steve miller July 18, 2013 Reply

    By these factors many godly Bible leaders were Leadership Destroyers. It reads more like a business model adopted into the church. Seems more like it is linked back to the Enlightenment born thinking that every man and every individual must be affirmed at all times and in all situations.

  • Steve Miller July 22, 2013 Reply

    • 1. My Way Or The Highway (MWOH)
    • 2. All About The Numbers
    • 3. Talk But Don’t Listen
    • 4. Change Things For The Sake Of Changing Things
    • 5. They Just Don’t Care
    This is a list of negative perceptions, not true motivations (they only exist in the mind of an offended individual) only a mind reader would be able to play God or amateur psychiatrist and accurately diagnose a leader’s heart’s motivations. To be a strong leader means to be misunderstood and opposed at times. Leaders make changes and ruffle feathers. Every time you make a decision you are dividing a group into at least two parties, one party will agree with you and speak well of you, the side which doesn’t agree with you will probably choose their favorite points from this list and start sharing their opinions with others.
    My Way or the Highway-is a stance all leaders must take at some point; a good leader is taking their lead from God, a poor leader is using their own fallible will; but there is no way for a follower to know conclusively without looking into the leader’s heart. The buck does stop here, you are accountable. There are some actions you cannot tolerate since it will destroy your group if allowed to continue; usually the ones corrected believe themselves to be a victim of MWOH thinking.
    All About the Numbers-is resource management and looking out for the best interest of the largest section of your people or best financial investment. Any large crowd is going to have dissenting opinions and conflicting ideas. A leader often must do what is for the greater good, but is always going to be accused of stepping on individual’s toes because “they are all about the numbers.”
    Talk But Don’t Listen-Good leaders do not listen to everyone’s opinions. When someone accuses a leader of talking but not listening what they usually mean is the leader didn’t listen to me! How dare he or she! Biblical leaders often act without first listening to everyone’s opinions on what they should do.
    Change Things For the Sake of Change-If this was truly a way a leader operated they would never come into power. More likely a person makes changes without clearly understood motivations. When the motivation is unclear the leader is accused of changing things for no reason; it is a complaint not an accurate diagnosis. Even if the leader is changing things for selfish reasons, such as to put his own personal touch on everything, he has a motive.
    They Just Don’t Care-Oh they care, they care about something. If it is doing it God’s way or just expanding their realm of power every leader cares about something, it probably just doesn’t line up with what you care about.
    So for a Biblical list of godly leaders I would suggest starting with Moses, then look at the good kings of the divided Nation of Israel, Every single major and minor prophet, the 12 disciples post resurrection, the apostle Paul, Paul again he really deserves to be mentioned twice for flagrantly offending this list of transgressions, and Jesus with his constant offensive way of separating folks, and they are all taking their cue from God who just totally bombs at consensus style leadership. God just never really seems that interested in what others are thinking or how He will be perceived by individuals.

    If you reread the original complaint list it is really a cry for clear communication in our churches to minimize poor perception. In the West after the Enlightenment people really can’t think in a way which does not elevate individual concerns to a place of exalted worth over the idea of followership or social submission. We do not want to be ruled, it chaffs us. Leaders need to communicate well and realize these accusations are going to come at you, server your people in a way they will be minimized and know you are in good company.

  • Steve Miller July 22, 2013 Reply

    (sorry to post twice, the original intended formatting on the first post disappeared and it read like a breathless rant without the pauses for paragraphs)

    • 1. My Way Or The Highway (MWOH)
    • 2. All About The Numbers
    • 3. Talk But Don’t Listen
    • 4. Change Things For The Sake Of Changing Things
    • 5. They Just Don’t Care

    This is a list of negative perceptions, not true motivations (they only exist in the mind of an offended individual) only a mind reader would be able to play God or amateur psychiatrist and accurately diagnose a leader’s heart’s motivations. To be a strong leader means to be misunderstood and opposed at times. Leaders make changes and ruffle feathers.

    Every time you make a decision you are dividing a group into at least two parties, one party will agree with you and speak well of you, the side which doesn’t agree with you will probably choose their favorite points from this list and start sharing their opinions with others.

    My Way or the Highway-is a stance all leaders must take at some point; a good leader is taking their lead from God, a poor leader is using their own fallible will; but there is no way for a follower to know conclusively without looking into the leader’s heart. The buck does stop here, you are accountable. There are some actions you cannot tolerate since it will destroy your group if allowed to continue; usually the ones corrected believe themselves to be a victim of MWOH thinking.

    All About the Numbers-is resource management and looking out for the best interest of the largest section of your people or best financial investment. Any large crowd is going to have dissenting opinions and conflicting ideas. A leader often must do what is for the greater good, but is always going to be accused of stepping on individual’s toes because “they are all about the numbers.”

    Talk But Don’t Listen-Good leaders do not listen to everyone’s opinions. When someone accuses a leader of talking but not listening what they usually mean is the leader didn’t listen to me! How dare he or she! Biblical leaders often act without first listening to everyone’s opinions on what they should do.

    Change Things For the Sake of Change-If this was truly a way a leader operated they would never come into power. More likely a person makes changes without clearly understood motivations. When the motivation is unclear the leader is accused of changing things for no reason; it is a complaint not an accurate diagnosis. Even if the leader is changing things for selfish reasons, such as to put his own personal touch on everything, he has a motive.

    They Just Don’t Care-Oh they care, they care about something. If it is doing it God’s way or just expanding their realm of power every leader cares about something, it probably just doesn’t line up with what you care about.

    So for a Biblical list of godly leaders I would suggest starting with Moses, then look at the good kings of the divided Nation of Israel, Every single major and minor prophet, the 12 disciples post resurrection, the apostle Paul, Paul again he really deserves to be mentioned twice for flagrantly offending this list of transgressions, and Jesus with his constant offensive way of separating folks, and they are all taking their cue from God who just totally bombs at consensus style leadership. God just never really seems that interested in what others are thinking or how He will be perceived by individuals.

    If you reread the original complaint list it is really a cry for clear communication in our churches to minimize poor perception. In the West after the Enlightenment people really can’t think in a way which does not elevate individual concerns to a place of exalted worth over the idea of followership or social submission. We do not want to be ruled, it chaffs us. Leaders need to communicate well and realize these accusations are going to come at you, server your people in a way they will be minimized and know you are in good company.

  • Steve Finnell July 30, 2013 Reply

    WHO IS IN CHARGE?

    Who is responsible for oversight of the church of Christ?

    First let us establish that Jesus Christ is head of His church.

    Colossians 1:13-18…..18 He is also head of the body, the church……

    Ephesians 5:23…as Christ also is the head of the church….

    The question remains who are the men responsible for the oversight of the Lord’s church?

    Did God put a pastor, a bishop, an elder, or an overseer in charge of shepherding His church?

    Pastor, bishop, elder and overseer are the same office.

    Men were given the oversight of each, local, church of Christ.

    Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed.

    Elders (plural) were appointed in each church congregation.

    Titus 1:5-7 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you…..7 For the overseer must be above reproach….

    Elders were appointed in every city where there was a church of Christ. Elders were also referred to as overseers (some translations use the word bishops).

    Acts 20:17-28 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church…….28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

    Notice: Elders (plural), and overseers (plural). Elders and overseers are used interchangeably and are told to shepherd the church.

    1 Peter 5:1-2 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you exercising oversight…

    Note: Elders (plural), were told to shepherd the flock of God. Peter said he was one of the elders. Peter did not say he was the Pope or the Head Elder.

    Ephesians 4:11And He gave some……as pastors…..

    The word pastor means shepherd.

    Elder, bishop, overseer and pastor are all the same office and they are to shepherd the local churches of Christ.

    The oversight of the local church is to be a plurality of ELDERS (overseers, bishops, pastors).

    There is no mention in the Bible of one pastor ruling a single church. There is no Scripture indicating one man should rule a world wide church. There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to set up a church board to oversee the local church. God never set up different denominations to be ruled by groups of men. There is no office of Pope or priest mentioned under the New Covenant church of Christ.

    JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH! A PLURALITY OF ELDERS ARE TO HAVE OVERSIGHT OF EACH LOCAL CONGREGATION.

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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