Inspiration for You: Relating to Colleagues
Tips for working with your team
What traits and abilities are important for you as a leader to display? The list below is one a seasonedadministrator uses to evaluate employees. You may find it helpful to share withyour Women's Ministries team also.
- First of all, a relationship with Jesus. Even in a church organization, we can't take that for granted, but it is essential.
- Loyalty. Even if you're a volunteer, not a paid employee, administrators still expect loyalty.
- Vision. You may have a vision of what you want to accomplish, but it's important to communicate it to your leader.
- Accept responsibility. As the Women's Ministries leader, you must accept responsibility for yourself and your committee members.
- Cooperation. Not only do administrators want to see cooperation among the Women's Ministries team members, they also want cooperation with other departments and with the organization as a whole.
- A positive, cheerful attitude. No one likes a complainer.
- Willingness to help others. The more Women's Ministries integrates into the organization and gets involved with other departments, the better it will be perceived by administrators.
- Integrity. Always be totally honest and ethical; never allow even the slightest appearance of dishonesty. There is never an excuse for a lack of integrity.
- Peacemaker. Women won't be taken seriously if they are quarrelsome. Women leaders must be adept at encouraging cooperation and defusing conflict.
- Punctuality. Being on time for all appointments and keeping your own meetings on schedule will be valued by administrators and others.
- Honor confidences. In your position as leader, you will receive information that cannot be shared. Never break confidentiality.
- Be proactive. Leaders are expected to be self-starters.
- Self-confident. Lack of self-confidence is seen as a weakness.
- Self-respect. Never forget that you have inestimable value.
- Willingness to accept counsel. Whether it's from an administrator or a seasoned Women's Ministries leader, it's vital to listen to counsel. You need not always follow it, but consider various viewpoints. There is safety in a multitude of counselors.
- Be a team-player. Demonstrate willingness to contribute to the entire organization, not just Women's Ministries. And work cooperatively and impartially with your WM team.
--By Carla Baker,North American Division Women's Ministries Director.