Leadership Team Responsibilities
Leadership team members have a unique relationship one to another. They are often thrown together and told to function as a team because the leader chose them. But they were chosen individually, most often without much say as to who else joined the team. We may or may not be “naturally” drawn to our teammates. Though we are united on our mission and vision, our personalities, backgrounds, or interests may present challenging obstacles to our effectiveness as a leadership team.
How do we relate to one another on a leadership team? What are our responsibilities to each other? No doubt you could list several, but let me suggest two that I see in the Word.
In John 13:1-17 Jesus models the attitude of a servant before his leadership team. After finishing, in vv. 13-14 he says, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” Jesus’ instructions to “wash one another’s feet” were given to explain how the members of His leadership team were to relate to each other. They were to serve each other, choosing to meet the needs of fellow team members rather than promote or serve one’s own self interests. As members of a leadership team we have a responsibility to serve one another, helping each other become a success in our individual responsibilities.
In Acts 20:28 we see another responsibility. Paul had gathered the Ephesian elders together for some final words and he reminds them, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” We often neglect to notice the first part of this passage. The members of the Ephesian leadership team were to “keep watch over [them]selves.”
Yes, I am my brother’s keeper! We have a responsibility to one another on our leadership team to make sure we continue to walk with God, fulfill our family responsibilities, and fulfill our leadership calling. Spiritual leadership requires the utmost in Christlike character and we are to “keep watch” on that as well, as we fulfill our duties.
‘Serving each other’ and ‘keeping watch over each other’ are two of our responsibilities as leadership team members. Let’s not be so focused on the outward responsibilities related to our leadership roles that we neglect to fulfill the responsibilities to those on our team.