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The Leadership Power of Multiplication

Teamwork Defined

By Bruce Witt

What’s the phrase? “No man is an island.”* One of the flaws in human nature is the idea of independence and staunch reliance on self to accomplish goals in life.

If we look deeper at God’s Word though, there’s a strong admonition that teamwork is a key leadership principle; and it’s the 6th foundational principle of the One Leader message –

“Leaders leverage best through teamwork.”

Word and Work Examples  

Scripture after scripture highlight the principle of teamwork—here are just a couple of them –

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV)

“No leader has all of the gifts. They need one another.” (referenced in Romans 12:9-21)

Seasoned leaders in work and business also recommend teamwork for success –

“If you want go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go with one another.”   

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” - Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist

Three Teambuilding Skills

So if we believe that teamwork is what Jesus Christ, and One Leader, wants us to do to leverage our leadership influence, then here are 3 teamwork areas to remember –

1. TEAM BUILDING: Leadership leverages by teaming and empowering - 

  • Build your leadership team with talented people and trustworthy character.
  • Seek God’s vision, His plan, and strategy.
  • Define the processes, align and implement the plan, and acquire needed resources.
  • Develop healthy relationships to obtain measureable results.
  • Communicate with others.

2. TEAMWORK: Building teams is hard work.

The process of building teams is central to accomplishing goals. Teams are all about relationships and empowering people. Trust is a beginning step. Get the right people on the bus, and build them up. Help them know their roles and responsibilities. Leadership resolves differences and maintains healthy communication in their team. Leadership adapts style according to the needs. Be strategic.

3. COACHING: Help others succeed with the GROW model –  

  • Define Goals
  • Know the current Reality.
  • Discover Opportunities
  • Take action on the What is to be done.     

As you embark on your personal and professional goals in 2016, God has given everything that we need to fulfill our purpose and lead and influence others along the way.


*Source: John Donne, Meditation 17, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions