This past weekend, we had the grand opening of our newest campus. Hamilton Mill was the first 12Stone multi-site…and they moved from a 10,000SF building into a 35,000SF building. In spite of hosting 5 Easter services, we overflowed the building twice. Amazing.
On Sunday morning, I observed one of the finest leadership moments of recent memory. Anticipating the potential traffic, our Central Campus Parking Team had sent over a team of 3 leaders to help the HM Campus Parking Team. When the leaders of the two teams were in the middle of a transition (working to help 500 cars leave onto a two lane road while 500 other cars were entering), there were multiple “audibles” called.
An “audible” on the Parking Team is just like a play change made at the line of scrimmage. We said “do this” in the huddle but changed our minds to “do that” instead. Those instructions are hard to execute with moving cars.
Here was the magic moment – when the leader of the HM Team said he was holding back to not “step on anyone’s toes” – we locked eyes and I said “just lead and we will follow.” That was all that was needed. He smiled and gave himself permission to take over. We needed to be clear about who was in charge and who was to follow.
- It was his job to lead.
- It was our job (the one who were visiting and here to help) to follow.
Can you do that when the tension is high? If you are in charge – then LEAD. If not, learn how to FOLLOW.
Thanks for listening.