Lead well by removing silos

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Featured, Leaders

Leaders are people of influence who choose to make a difference every day. They invite people to follow and model leadership by following others. Realizing that they can’t do it alone, they seek to partner, collaborate, and support the efforts of others.
Leaders diminish their capacity to lead when they isolate themselves from others, focus only on their area of ministry, lose sight of the overall ministry.
Leaders who are stuck with a silo mindset are passionate about their programs and ministries but not nearly passionate enough about the overall health of the church and it’s mission. Leaders possessing a silo mindset may include one or more of the following characteristics:
  • They are clueless about what their colleagues are working on and cannot speak with knowledge about another department or ministry area.
  • They fail to connect his or her ministry activities and initiatives to the church’s overarching mission and vision.
  • They can recite what’s urgent and important to his/her area but not what is most important to the overall ministry/organization.
  • They typically ask, “How does this impact my area?” rather than, “How does this impact our overall ministry?”
  • They report what’s happening in their areas of ministry but rarely ask questions to learn from their peers and partners.
  • They fail to see how his/her actions and use of time and resources may impact the results and capacities of other ministries.
  • They come to meetings seeking to defend their turf rather seeking to remove barriers that hinder collaboration.
  • They rarely help other leaders and ministries when asked, and if so, usually in a very minimal way.
  • They haven’t considered asking their peers, “What can I do to support your ministry?”
  • They may not have prayed for the people and the ministries connected to the organization.
  • They fail to make note of, and celebrate the progress and impact of other ministries.
 Leaders with the best of intentions for moving beyond silos often find it difficult to be more collaborative due to existing time constraints and project deadlines. Creating space to be more collaborative is essential. What might you STOP doing this week or month to create space for collaboration? What’s ONE THING you could START doing this week or month to help foster a collaborative ministry culture?

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