Good leaders learn to resource their weaknesses. In other words, we need to know how God has “wired us” so we do not try to become someone we are not. All of us need people on our team who are able to do many things much better than we do.
In his book Me, Myself, and Bob, Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, tells the story of how Walt Disney and his brother Roy worked together as a team. Vischer describes how Walt was the dreamer and Roy the practical one in the partnership. Roy did not always like the great ideas of Walt, but he loved Walt and believed in him. Walt knew he couldn’t do what Roy did and Roy knew he couldn’t do what Walt did. So they submitted to each other’s area of expertise and worked together ultimately for the benefit of the ideas and the benefit of their audience.
If God has given you new ideas, look for your “Roy.” Your Roy may be one person or several persons or even a whole team of people. The relationship will work only if the people you bring together want to see your ideas succeed. If on the other hand, God has made you a Roy, look for your “Walt.” Look for someone with creative gifting and calling. To succeed, that person desperately needs you.
Jesus built strong team spirit among his disciples. In Luke 10, we read that Jesus sent out his disciples two by two and empowered them to do the works that He was already doing. Each disciple simply used his God-given gift.
I encourage you to tell your team members how much you appreciate them and the unique qualities and gifts they bring to the team. Then enjoy the journey of interdependence.