Leadership: Be the Coach that Your Team Needs

Jan 19, 2017, Written by Shannon Farris


I have always had a love for sports. Growing up, I loved to play and watch them; I still do. And, I am also a sucker for an inspirational sports movie, Remember the Titans being my favorite.

What draws me in to these movies, as well as the true stories you hear about, is the relationship between the player and coach. You always root for the coach that the players want to work for, not have to work for. A player’s coach.

This is the coach who chooses to join the players while doing wind sprints, rather than yell at them from the sidelines. This is the coach who goes beyond his/her duties on paper to make sure their team is taken care of and feels supported.

As a Christian business owner, you are truly coaching your team members. You should strive to be the leader that your employees want to work and push harder for.

It is so easy to get bogged down by the day-to-day tasks and lose sight of your team members.

Your responsibility as a business owner is to present yourself in a way that earns the respect of your team. How? Here are a few ways business owners can lead by example.

6 Ways to Lead Your Team Well

  1. Set the standard in your office environment.
  2. Be willing to jump in and do the grunt work if needed. 
  3. Be personable, as well as professional.
  4. Remain poised in conflict, especially when adversity hits.
  5. Pray for your staff.
  6. Communicate and listen to your staff.

Your employees are watching you, whether you realize it or not. They are watching how you handle hardships, how you celebrate in triumph and how you treat others.

If these tasks seem daunting, do not forget that the Holy Spirit lives inside you. He is with you to provide you with strength to sustain, wisdom to lead, peace to calm you… and grace to hold you together when it all falls apart.

  In 1 Peter, Paul speaks to those who are in authority of others and how to approach it. He says, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

  Be the coach that is willing to run wind sprints alongside your team.

God will be glorified by your words and actions and the Holy Spirit will be evident by the way you care for your team.

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Shannon Farris

Shannon graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies in December of 2015. She began working full time at Crossroads in October of 2016. She is excited to be a part of a team who builds their foundation on Christ and desires that to be seen first in everything they do.

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