I’ve realized something recently. Leadership is hard.
Not only is it hard, but it’s probably the most difficult responsibility on the face of the earth.
Why? Because you are not simply responsible for your own skill and craft. You are responsible to mobilize others to accomplish goals and become all they can be.
Worship Leader, your role is shrouded in leadership. I suppose that’s why it’s in your title. You don’t just worship…You lead worship.
You don’t just play music…You lead a band to play music. You don’t just have a personal vision…You cast that vision for others to hear, grasp, and make their own.
In this post I’d like to help you become a better worship leader…in the leadership sense of the term.
I share these insights because I have historically sucked at leadership. With each new service, project, and conversation with a band member, I’m learning.
As a wise sage once said, “Don’t learn from your mistakes. Learn from mine.”
10 Leadership Tips For Worship Leaders
You can instantly improve your leadership today. I recommend you focus on one of these disciplines at a time:
1. Get Crystal Clear on the Vision – Effective leadership begins with a burden, a sense of mission, a call. If you’re not crystal clear on what that is, your team will define it for you. Hear from God. Get clarity.
2. Befriend In-Depth Planning – If you’re not a good planner, you need to surround yourself with someone who is. In order to lead well, you need to know where you’re going. You need to be multiple steps ahead of your team.
3. Communicate the Crap Out of Your Plans – Once your plans are in place, make sure to communicate and communicate often. Be in touch with your team constantly. Make sure your team members have time to process where you’re leading them. Don’t catch them off guard with big projects.
4. Surround Yourself With Help – Just because you’re the leader doesn’t make you great at everything. Matter of fact, leadership will magnify your weaknesses.
As Andy Stanley says, you need to do what only you can do and delegate to others. If your vision is compelling, people will rally around your cause and beg to take part in it.
5. Make Big Asks – On the topic of surrounding yourself with help, don’t be afraid to make big asks of people. The worst that can happen is they say ‘no’.
What I’ve found is that a big ask can awaken the adventure in gifted people who have grown complacent. Your words may just be the catalyst they need to step out.
6. Confront – In order to develop leaders, you need to confront them. They need feedback, coaching, and constructive criticism.
I’ve always shied away from this because I didn’t want to sound like a know it all, and at other times, I really didn’t know what to say. But you need to push yourself to have these conversations. The growth of your people depends on it.
7. Deal With the Details – Your talent may be why you were hired, but your attention to detail and excellence is what will keep you where you are. Think through your area each week and make sure all the details are covered. Excellence begins in the small things.
8. Widdle Away – Sometimes there are people on your team who shouldn’t be. Whether they lack the skill or they lack the ability to submit to your vision, it’s necessary in leadership to let people go.
This isn’t easy, but the more you do it the more you’ll know what type of person should be on your team.
9. Focus on Your Systems – Before you pick your worship set for next weekend and start attending meetings, take the best part of your day and evaluate your systems.
Are they functioning properly? How are you developing musicians? How are you developing worship leaders? How are your events being pulled off? Well executed systems will save your ministry.
10. Never Coast – Always be raising the bar, climbing the next mountain, taking new ground. If the Holy Spirit is constantly moving, you should be too. Don’t allow yourself to get comfortable and get stuck in a rut.
Don’t be overwhelmed. Sure, great worship leaders do more than simply sing and organize music. But you can do this. God has created you to be a leader.
We need you to rise up.
Question: What are some other ways you are growing in your leadership as a Worship Leader? Join the discussion in the comments!