What does this mean? Paul, one of the great leaders of the early church described it this way:
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others….Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Whether we are talking about the human body or a corporate body, a husband and wife team or the body of Christ Followers, or any other team, one thing holds true: There is power in unity. We are most effective when we are together or one in spirit.
There are many articles, books, blogs and speeches covering this subject, yet most teams/organizations don’t have it. Why is that? I believe, our selfishness is at the root of the problem. Here are a few suggestions:
- Most of us think more highly of ourselves than we ought to… Surely there is a God and surely I am not He. We should take more time to be still, to esteem, contemplate and humble ourselves before God.
- We lack shared purpose… We should clearly state and regularly restate and sell out to the vision, values and priorities of the team. Do all that we can, to keep the main thing, the main thing.
- We down play the fact that each of us has a specific role to play on the team…Instead, make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Discover, develop and volunteer your uniqueness to the team. Be the best you that only you can be, for the team.
- Usually It’s all about me and I minimize the value of others… The reality is: We need each other; No one has achieved greatness by himself or herself. It starts by accepting and truly valuing others. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Don’t allow your differences to become a hindrance, rather, figure out how we may best compliment and strengthen each other.
- Hold each other accountable… Be intentional about your development and the development of each member. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Create an environment of excellence and encourage each other toward that end. This may include adjusting the roles of and/or releasing others from the team as necessary.
- The end result is so much better; so much more fullfilling and enriching to others.
Celebrate and share your victories.
As Erwin Raphael McManus says, “Together is the solution.”