"The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building" - 1 Corinthians 3:9
Not only do the members of a team have diverse gifts and strengths, they also have differing personal purposes or life missions that distinguish them from one another. This life work should play out most significantly in their work or ministry roles, for that is where they spend most of their time every day, year in year out. Yet most organizations look past the purpose of the individual and instead focus on the purpose of the organization, ignoring the synergy of a connected personal and corporate purpose. Effective leaders capitalize on the talents and purpose of each team member and make a good faith effort to mesh them into the overall purpose of the organization.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you maximizing the benefits of individual purpose for your organization? Today's Step is to help people identify their purpose or mission so they can be more engaged and effective in their work. In your next few staff meetings, ask these questions: What would you do with your time if you had all the money to live on? What compliment have you heard all your life? What gives you greatest joy? Then work to see how the answers can help your business.