The childhood game of “Follow the Leader” may be—at times—a lot simpler and, arguably, more fun than leading a staff. But, it is not that far off base. For the game to work the group must designate someone to be the leader and everyone must buy into the decisions the leader makes. If people decide to follow someone else or strike out on their own without seeing if anyone is following, the game falls apart.
Have you ever been a part of a church staff where one staff member obviously did not like another staff member? Or perhaps where some staff members operate as if they are involved in completely different ministries, seeking to reach completely different people? Both of these scenarios have a correlation with weak alignment and are a direct reflection of the senior leadership. When the leader is making his team a priority, communicating with them clearly, and casting a vision that they can understand and buy into, alignment takes place. If not, drift happens!
In a recent podcast Michael Hyatt said, “Weak leaders blame their followers for a lack of alignment. Strong leaders know that its their responsibility to create it.” Hyatt’s strong statement got me thinking. Alignment is CREATED. And it is the leader’s responsibility.
I think the biggest concept leaders need to grasp when seeking to create authentic alignment is this: Communicate the vision until your team grasps it, and then communicate it some more. A well-cast vision is the key to accomplishing anything great.
In other words:
Vision > Alignment > Great Things Accomplished
If you want to delve further into how to more effectively cast a vision I highly recommend you check out Will Mancini’s book Church Unique.
Have you witnessed a leader who cast a vision that ignited alignment? Please share!