Have you ever found yourself in a circle of honor? I did for just a few minutes many years ago. They were life-transforming minutes and I will never be the same.
Barely 17 years old and newly converted to Christ, I was in the foyer of my downtown home church wearing a robe and making my way toward the baptistery when it happened. My 68-year-old pastor, standing in line next to my unsuspecting parents and me, enthusiastically asked a visiting guest speaker, "Have you met this young man? Well, let me introduce you to him. This is Robert Crosby." Is he talking about me? I wondered. "God is doing great things in this young man's life and we are excited about his future!"
Although my pastor had ministerial duties to perform that night such as baptizing a bunch of new believes, hosting a guest evangelist, and leading the congregation, and no more than a few moments to spare, the words he chose filled something within me. At once I felt affirmed, appreciated, and significant. I felt honored.
One of the worst mistakes a team leader can make is to allow his or her team to feel undervalued. A key part of a team leader's role is to remind the team of how valuable and important they are to one another, to the church, to the leadership, and, most of all, to God himself and to his high purposes on earth.
A lack of honor from the team leader or facilitator demotivates and discourages the soul of a team. There are perhaps few things more frustrating than being on a team where the leader does not affirm and appreciate the work and the varied contributions of the team and the team members.
In The Carrot Principle, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton write that 69 percent of North American workers reported that they were not recognized at all in their jobs last year. And, if that is not alarming enough, 79 percent of the top performers who change jobs reported that one of the main reasons was a lack of recognition for the work ...