Alrighty, second one for the day. This one will focus a little more on the specific wants of a follower, as opposed to the general principles that a leader should instill in his/her own life. Once again, the resources are from the RCAC, books, and myself. Here is what they want:

To know what is expected. When no clear expectation of performance or direction is laid out, the tendency is to under-perform. Do yourself and your followers a favor, and lay it out clearly at the beginning.

To be recognized for good performance. Not everyone likes this in the same way, but when people do well for a very long time without any form of recognition for their work, performance will decrease. All the glory goes to God in the end, but a person’s efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed. This is key to continued motivation.

To be treated with dignity. They may be your followers, but you wouldn’t be a leader without them. Add value to them (I’ll have a whole post separate just for this idea) and remind them that they are an important part of the team. Don’t forget the sound techs; they often get overlooked in this.

To have opportunities for increased leadership. They don’t necessarily want to lead a service, but they do want to pitch an idea and actually have the team follow through with it. You don’t have to accept every idea, but addressing every one and allowing other members to ‘direct’ a song is a solid approach to building confidence and future leaders.

To enjoy a level of freedom of action. If you don’t let your band take responsibility for their own actions, they won’t grow as worshipers and musicians. Let them be creative, and remember that over-supervision is demoralizing. People might want help, but they never want you (or anyone else) over their shoulder all the time.

To be informed. Changes happen, and when they do, you need to be on the spot with the information. Tell all band members of pertinent information as soon as it becomes available, because this changes the expectation for performance, as discussed at the top. If you don’t know how pertinent it really is and are in doubt, tell them anyway. It won’t hurt to do so.

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