"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?'" - Matthew 16:13.
Jesus took his disciples off on a retreat to a remote area and there He asked them a question about His true identity. The answers ranged from the absurd to the recognition that He was the Messiah. The point is that the disciples were free enough in their relationship with Jesus to tell Him anything and not be mocked or rejected. In the midst of the silly answers came true insight and revelation. Leaders must develop that kind of relationship with their peers, followers, and those over them so that honest communication can benefit the team and the organization. The goal is not for everyone to have a turn to share; the goal is to find the best insight or wisdom for the situation at hand, which may come from any member of the team—even the most unlikely one—but only if they feel free to share their heart and mind.
LEADERSHIP STEP: It's time to consider an off-site meeting with your family, staff or leadership team. Or perhaps you can set up a special outling, such as a sports event or concert. The goal is not only to have fun, but also to build trusting relationships that can engage in honest and open communication from which people and the organization can grow and flourish.