I am happy to serve on what I believe to be a healthy team. It’s amazing how many church leaders I know who say their team is not healthy.
I have often been asked, however, why I claim our team is healthy. This is simply my opinion, but I can share some things I think healthy teams have in common.
Here are 10 commonalities of healthy teams:
- A shared vision is embraced by everyone on the team.
- Team member’s individual ideas are equally valued.
- The organization readily embraces change.
- Risk taking is encouraged.
- Encouragement flows freely.
- People enjoy their work and relationships are deeper than just the professional environment.
- Mistakes are used to make the team stronger
- The structure doesn’t limit growth, but provides healthy boundaries.
- There is freedom to offer constructive criticism, even of top leadership, without fear of retribution.
- Conflict is not discouraged, but handled in a healthy way.
There’s my list. Are we perfect in all of them – all the time? No. Do we see them consistently and value all of them? Thankfully, yes.
What would you add to the list?