Working as a team requires unity and mutual respect. It also requires leadership. My role has transitioned to one of providing leadership for the pastoral staff of our Church as they provide leadership for the congregation.
I’ve written in the past about the kinds of people who are dangerous to leadership teams. Insecure people are particularly difficult because they approach others as if competing with them. They also chaff under authority because they want to be at the top or in control. But every team of leaders needs to have a leader for it to be effective.
Sometimes insecure people will choose subtle ways to compete for leadership or to oppose any authority over them.
Watch out for the person who…
- regularly jokes about the perceived weaknesses of those over him.
- speaks of superiors in ways that subtly put them down.
- emphasizes his strengths in comparative ways with those over him.
- often expresses “concerns” about what he perceives to be slip-ups by those above him.
- seeks affirmation in ways that contrast him with those over him.
“Those who need to excel others to think well of themselves — who seek value at the expense of others —who try to climb to honor by using others — who construct their glory upon the shoulders of weakness found in others — who engage in the ‘dangerous business of building self-assessments on watching to see how they’re doing in comparison with others, — those who live this way are — in some profound sense — actually degrading themselves and, far worse, cutting themselves off from both God and people” (From: Spiritual Emotions, Robert Roberts).
This kind of person must be corrected for the sake of team unity. If he refuses to seek unity and honor those God has put over him, he must be removed for the protection of the Church. “Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease” (Proverbs 22:10).