Firstly, the leader of the team must invest trust in his people. People must see their leader taking the lead before they can follow. If the leader demonstrates a distrust of the people he is leading, the people will also demonstrate distrust in all their dealings as well. Trust must first be shown by the leadership. Everything flows from the head downwards. The leaders must show to a reasonable extent that he trusts the ability, skill, and competence of his team to deliver on whatever assignment they have been entrusted with.
Secondly, a bigger goal and vision must be in place. Scripture lets us know that where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint. Without a sense of vision and mission guiding the people, everyone will behave in a manner that they feel it is best for them. No one will feel responsible for others and will want to get everything for themselves alone. Vision and having a big picture must always be the first thing that the team members hold dear to their hearts. The job of the team leader is to ensure that the people are constantly connected to the mission and vision of the team. This means the leader must continuously declare the vision and state it in simple terms such that each person will be clear on what is expected of them at different times.
The job of the team leader is to ensure that the people are constantly connected to the mission and vision of the team.
Thirdly, the leader must invest in the team. We see that example of Jesus. Jesus invested in his team for over three years. He ensured they followed him everywhere he went. He taught them. He answered their questions. He empowered them with the Holy Spirit and even blessed them. He literally poured himself into each of his disciples. This was why they became great apostles. They were able to do so much for God because Jesus had invested his life into them.
When a leader invests in his team, the people will trust him and the vision that he has bequeathed them.
They trusted in him and were even ready to lay down their lives for the same cause which Jesus died for. Many of them died painful deaths at the hand of their persecutors. Jesus had already shown them the example with his life. They saw him beaten, crucified, buried and then risen again. All these and more convinced the disciples to lay down their lives for the sake of the gospel. When a leader invests in his team, the people will trust him and the vision that he has bequeathed them.
Fourthly, a leader must also show his weakness. A leader must not appear to be all-knowing or all-powerful. Despite the fact that Jesus was God, he was still vulnerable to the weaknesses of the flesh. He cried, wept, and was in sorrow at certain times in his life. His disciples saw him. They saw his humanity despite him being a divine being. He was God, yet he was man. The disciples were able to also relate with him as a man like themselves. When a leader can show his own areas of shortcomings, the team will understand that the leader needs them, and they will also be willing to give their best for their leader to succeed.
A leader must not appear to be all-knowing or all-powerful.
Another way to build trust is through actions. There is a popular way people describe God. They say He is a God that says what He will do, and does what He says. In other words, His words always line up with His actions. God will never say a thing that He cannot do. God is not a liar or some deceptive personality. He has all power and all authority in heaven and the earth, so when He says something, He has all the power to bring it to pass.
People begin to lose interest in a relationship or in a team when issues are supposed to be sorted out are not dealt with on time. For instance, if a member of the team was involved in an action that breaches the purpose of the group, it is expected that the person be called to answer questions and be punished if found guilty of breaking or breaching any of the rules that bind the group together. But if the leaders or those and control the group consciously or unconsciously do not address this issue, it begins to breathe an air of distrust amongst the people. They will begin to think that the rules and regulations that bind them are not really genuine and that everybody is allowed to behave in any way they can.
If someone breaks the rule and is punished as a result, everyone can have trust in the leadership and the rules that bind them together. Not addressing wrong behavior can be a means of allowing distrust to get into the group. Team building is serious work, and every loophole must be closed so that distrust does not creep in.
Team building is serious work, and every loophole must be closed so that distrust does not creep in.
Once there is an air of distrust, people will not be willing to abide by the rules. They will begin to feel that everyone can act in any way that is best for them and go unpunished.
Now going back to the scripture, we must come to understand that whenever God makes a promise, He is able to bring it to pass through His ability and His own power. This is why the scripture says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jer. 32:27, KJV). This means God has the ability to carry out anything. After all, He made the heavens and the earth, and all its hosts in just six days. And He did this by the spoken word. If we can trust in God’s ability, we will see His wonders in our lives.
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