I have learned to appreciate the value of well run systems. I like to think of the systems on my team much like you think about the systems within your own body. Your body is one of the amazing wonders of the world. Scripture says it best:
“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
You have a central nervous system, cardiovascular system, skeletal system, muscular system, reproductive system, a digestive system, and more! All these systems run automatically without you thinking about them. These systems, when healthy, allow you to be at your optimum level of performance, which allows you to give your attention to thinking, planning, and using your gifts and abilities for creative output. It is similar within your organization.
Your team needs well run systems in order to have the best and most optimum creative output. The more these are “automatic” within your organization, the greater the level of performance on your team.Your team needs well run systems in order to have the best and most optimum creative output. Click To Tweet
The Four Critical Leadership Systems:
1. Leadership Development System
Is development a core value for your team? Are leaders proactively learning new skills? Are new leaders actively engaged seeking out new opportunities for growth? The buzz of personal growth and development will keep your organization thriving.Is development a core value for your team? Are leaders proactively learning new skills? Click To Tweet
2. External/Customer Focused System
Does your team have regular connections with the people your organization serves – listening, learning, and connecting to provide the best solutions? Are there systems in place to keep your team informed of changing trends and changing needs in the market you serve? Your team needs healthy external systems.
3. Operational/Production Systems
There should be a humming sound within your organization that says teams are working together in harmony using a diversity of disciplines for the best possible outcome. Technology tools help maximize operational excellence and streamline processes so more energy can be given to innovation and growth. If operational systems aren’t working together, if teams are disconnected or even blaming each other for lack of results, you have a major energy leak on your team.
4. Innovation Systems
Are your teams seeking out new ideas, testing new solutions, piloting and learning what works and what doesn’t work? Is innovative failure celebrated on your team? This system will keep your organization moving forward with a view and plan for the future. However, unless you have the previous three systems working well (leadership development system, external focused system, and operational systems) innovation will be limited at best.
The speed of change today requires healthy systems to be in place for your organization to thrive. The more stable the internal systems are within your organization, the more your team will be able to adapt, change, and innovate for the future.The speed of change today requires healthy systems to be in place for your organization to thrive. Click To Tweet
Even more valuable is the unity that comes when systems are running in harmony. It is a sign that a team has clarity and unity of mission.
“Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.” Romans 15:5-6
What systems do you have in place on your team?