There are things you know that no one else on your staff knows.
Have you ever considered that you can be a consultant to your own staff?
Your team or your church may need you to think like a consultant. To think about to constructively and effectively make your knowledge, expertise, wisdom, and solutions accessible to others.
You may have the missing piece to the puzzle…or problem.
Become A Servant Leader Consultant
You have solutions or potential solutions that no one else has. There are ways in which you can help your team or church in ways that no one else can provide. There are things you know and things you do that others would benefit from knowing. Your team or church is impoverished without all your knowledge.
You can be a consultant…a Servant Leaders Consultant. You can learn to make your knowledge more accessible to others.
But it is not as easy as you think.
If you hope to help, if you hope to share your insights and knowledge, there are several factors a Servant Leader should keep in mind.
Pitching and Catching
Getting others to know what you know it is an art. Getting your expertise used requires patience. If you are a pitcher during a baseball game, the biggest determinant to the speed at which you can pitch is not your arm strength but the ability of the catcher to catch your pitch.
In other words, if you want others to be able to “catch” (hear, understand, comprehend, appreciate) the “balls” (ideas, knowledge, expertise, solutions) you are throwing, they need to be ready for them. Or else, the ball will sail on by.
Your priority might not be their priority. Your knowledge does automatically translate into their organizational or ministry priorities. Just because you think they would benefit, and they very well might, doesn’t mean it’s what’s next for them.
If You Hope To Help….Help People Unpack
If you hope to help, you don’t start by coming in answering questions that no one is asking. It doesn’t matter how much you know if someone isn’t open to it or ready for it, it will fall on deaf ears. If someone’s plate is full…don’t offer more.
You can’t expect someone to carry any more if their bag is already full. We need to first help people unpack their bags to make room for your ideas. If you offer a suggestion before they are ready to receive it…before they have unpacked their bag…then you have missed it.
First start by helping others unpack their bag. By this I mean, listen to them and help them assess what they know and what solutions might lay inside them. Help them unpack their bags by letting them tell you what they know and what they need. Help them clarify things. You have to listen to their question so you can help. You need to pay attention.
Don’t overlook what they know by prematurely sharing a solution. If you share a solution they have already tried and failed at…you have just lost your credibility.
Often the help people need is within them. A Servant Leader Consultant will help them find it before you offer your own ideas and solutions. As they unpack their bag…as they unpack their knowledge and idea…they will be ready to receive your ideas, suggestions, and knowledge.
The Affirmation Path
A servant leader consultant will begin by affirming what has worked and what is positive. When people are affirmed first, the become open. They become open even to point of being open to criticising themselves and problems in the organization. This opens the door to providing help. If not, if you start with criticism first, people will naturally go into survival mode, becoming defensive and not listening to what you are saying. This makes them unable to change. If the point is to provide help and see change, then the Servant Leaders consultant will start with the positive.
Dr. Carl George once said, “The brilliance of your insights is only half the battle. The hunger of the recipients is the other half.” A Servant Leader consultant ensure the other side is hungry before serving up the meal.
Knowing the truth and telling the truth are irrelevant if they are not ready to hear it.