Last week I shared some thoughts and ideas around the importance of roles. We all have one and we must not only accept it, but embrace it in order to reach our potential as individuals or a team.
As important as understanding our roles in life is, it’s our faithfulness to our roles that will separate us from others. More than our talents, status, or goals in life, it’s our persistence that puts us ahead. Continuing when others quit, sticking with it when others opt out.
We are drawn to the faithful as if they possess a superpower we can only hope to have one day.
Of course, it’s not. It’s a choice.
Why Should We Care? The decision to remain faithful, or not, is a critical one. We can see it clearly in our marriage or personal lives, although we see plenty of people choosing unfaithfulness in those areas too.
The most clarity on the value of faithfulness can be gained by looking at the impact of unfaithful behavior on your team. Team members not committed to their role, unhappy with what they are being asked to do, and scheming for a different role create insurmountable obstacles for any team. Indifference in one’s role is simply an expression of unfaithfulness.
Faithfulness is trust and hard work. It’s sacrifice and love. Faithfulness is the process, not the result. It’s kindness, not judgement. Faithfulness is bold and strong. It’s commitment and surrendering. Faithfulness is giving, not taking. It’s persistence, not grandstanding.
REAL TALK - Action Steps Many people immediately think of religion when they hear the word faithfulness. Of course, the spiritual application is consistent with the use as it applies to leadership and personal accountability but we often neglect to look at it in this light. Below are a few critical ways our faithfulness can be superpowers.
Be Faithful to the purpose.
A lot of things may come and go, a lot of challenges will be faced; but maintaining faithfulness to the true purpose of the mission is critical. The core reason our purpose should be big, challenging, and impacting to others is so that it provides a drive that is worthy of our faithfulness. Money, status, and wins won’t do it. A powerful purpose beckens our faithfulness.
Be Faithful to the process.
Here’s the deal. A lot of games have been won, cases closed, and beauty products sold without having the best team or most talented salespeople. It matters, it absolutely does. Your process matters more. Take the time to identify, understand, and teach the process you believe in … then be faithful to it. That doesn’t mean you won’t ever change anything, but it does mean you will return to your process in both good times and bad.
Be Faithful to your team.
In efforts to compliment a teammate I’ve heard players say things like “She does all the dirty work no one notices.” or “It’s almost like you don’t even notice him, he just shows up, does his job, and goes home.” Both of these attempts at praise miss the boat. They point out positive character traits and attributes, but they fail to recognize the most important aspect of what that teammate brings to the table. They’re faithful to their role and to their team. And, people do notice - mainly their teammates.
Know your role. Be faithful in your role.
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