How’s Your Team?

Having a team makes our life and work more manageable.  We don’t feel like we’re in it by ourselves.  We have others to bounce ideas off of.  We can share the load.  Just to mention a few team benefits!

Jesus had a team so why wouldn’t we?

Jesus was the ultimate leader for certain.  Even He, being God, didn’t take the point of view that He had to do it all on His own with no help from anyone else.


Why do we tend to think, we have to do it by ourselves?

Lots of reasons.  Some of which can definitely be rooted in getting over ourselves.  Well, there it is, “getting over ourselves.”  I don’t know about you but, both my hands are raised high on this one.  HELLO!

Definitely, there is having the patience to teach others, being willing to learn from others, and understanding the truth that you can have a greater impact working together.

I was raised by independent women.  I was taught that if you want something done, you do it yourself.  I was not taught to rely on anyone but myself.  This isn’t all bad.  It does, however, make others feel they aren’t needed.  Ouch.

Your Personal Team as a Women of Influence

What makes “a woman of influence” you might ask?  I’m glad you did!

God calls us, each and every one of us, to lead right where He has placed us.  I really don’t like that the word leadership has the connotation that it means someone in a high-ranking position. It’s not simply a matter of position.  Leadership is influence, with or without a title. 

As women, we wear multiple leadership hats.  Sadly, many women do not see themselves as leaders.  It scares the bejeezus out of them.  They want nothing to do with it.  This is typically due to a false view of what leadership is and is not.  At our foundation, we must lead ourselves well.

Some women, claim to be a leader but, beat themselves up because they aren’t leading enough.  Of course, this begs the question, what does “enough” look like?  

Wherever you find yourself, know that leadership comes through effort.  You may be born into certain roles and some people are born with a more natural talent for leading.  To lead well each one has to work on being a good leader.  Growth NEVER stops.  You need a team!

… and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25


What Makes a Good Team Member

  • Communication is a must.  Introverts, extroverts, and those in-between all communicate differently but, they have to communicate.
  • Willingness to learn and grow.  Willingness to share their knowledge and skills.
  • Right reasons – being on the team because of their love for others, not what it will do for their career or pride.
  • A good leader – willing to work with all members of the team.  Someone willing to deal with conflict (people are people and if you have a team with no conflict – good for you!)
  • Always respectful, forgiving, encouraging.

Inspiring Team Members

  • Encouragement – email, hand-written card, phone call, small gifts.
  • Prayer – let them know you are taking time to pray for them and their family.
  • Gratitude – let them know how thankful you are for them.  Don’t assume they know!
  • Motivation – help them see their part and contribution in the bigger vision.
  • Fruits of the Spirit – demonstrate gentleness, patience, kindness, goodness, love, joy, peace, self-control, faith.

Good Team Members Can Be Hard to Come By

  • People can have commitment issues.  People come with baggage.  People have concerns about what it will mean to their time.  People have fears, “what am I getting into?”
  • People have trouble identifying their passion(s).
  • People want to build their own organization/tribe.  
  • People are busy even amidst the pandemic.
  • Collaboration is more critical than it’s ever been.  Christians united for a common purpose is a real need.  Doesn’t the state of the world show us that we MUST work together? 
  • The more clarity you can bring to what you are asking of someone, the better.  Whether your personal team or a project team – clarity is key.

Walking and Hiking Journal Entry

I’ve begun to add a walking and hiking journal entry to my blog posts as I head towards officially launching the ‘Always Seek Adventure Walking & Hiking Club.’  How exciting!!  This entry keeps me accountable and hopefully is inspiring to you.

I’ve worked on getting my steps in when I can’t get outside.  Wow!  I know I’m not the only one trying to keep up movement while in the house during this bitter cold weather and snow across many parts of the country.  

I’ve had days of numerous laps in my home.  One day, to add variety, I walked upstairs and back down, made trips around the main floor, and then down to the basement, trips around the basement – back up and repeat. – I don’t even know how many times.

My dog is hilarious.  He’s a Lagotto Romagnolo; an Italian waterdog.  This breed is very high-energy.  He is accustomed to getting out every day for our 4-mile walk.  He needs and loves mental and physical stimulation.  It’s been a challenge to be inside for days with him. He started to follow me around the house but, being the smart guy he is, he decided to watch my circles in the house as opposed to circling with me, LOL.

He does enjoy the stairs.  He thinks it’s a game to see if he can beat me up or down.  He’s longing to get back in the groove of walking outside.  Summit is a huge part of my team!

Comment below!
– Do you have a team to keep you lifted up?  
– How do you care for the people on your team?
– How are you keeping in motion during the rough winter weather?

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