Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying “The Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler of Israel.'” Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenent with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel. ~2 Samuel 5:1-3
Do you remember what it was like when you first got your driver’s license? Just going for a drive was probably a thrill. It didn’t really matter where you went. But as you got older, having a destination became more important. The same is true with a team. Getting the team together and moving it are accomplishments. But where you’re going matters.
You’ve got to begin doing the difficult things that help the team to improve and develop high morale. Among other things, you must:
1. Make changes that make the team better.
2. Receive the buy-in of team members.
3. Communicate commitment.
4. Develop and equip members for success.
The two toughest stages in the life of a team are when you are trying to create movement in a team that’s going nowhere, and when you must become a change agent. Those are the times when leadership is most needed.