student ministry, youth ministry, youth worker

Sync Your Leadership Team

By Doug Franklin May 26, 2009

This Sunday, Todd, one of my student leaders said “the best part of these meetings is that we get to sync with each other.” Todd was right and he got me thinking; when we “sync” with each other we are happier, we dream bigger, and we are much more effective overall. So what does it take to “sync” a leadership team?

1.    Shared Values – the deep convictions that lead to mission. Often, we write mission statements to connect us together, but if you want to get to the heart of the matter share your values with each other and find common ground. This will allow you to sync at a deeper level.

2.    Authenticity – live in the wide open space of God’s grace. When teams take prayer requests and pray for each other, vulnerability is reached.  And when we share our failures and faults, we reach a depth that only humility can take us.

3.    Accountability – the ability to challenge each other to reach high performance. Many times, we are willing to keep people to their commitments, but seldom do we challenge each other to do the unexpected.

When I am with “synced” team members I believe that I am at my best. How about you? What would it take for your leadership team to be synced?

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More