Coach, Play The Bench!
Bible Reference: Body of Christ
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 NIV
Why do leaders, just as coaches, need to play their bench?
Coaches can learn a lot about a player by seeing how they perform in an actual game. They also need to have people on the bench ready to play in case they lose one of their players.
Leaders of organizations need to be doing the same thing. Pressing inexperienced individuals into pressure situations can be educational for both the individual and the leader. Don’t just let the veterans do everything, because you never know when you might lose one of them.
Coaches realize all players are different and possess different special gifts. In first Corinthians 12, Paul uses the same analogy to describe the body of Christ. We all have different spiritual gifts and need to be using them.
The same applies to our teams. Everyone has strengths; it’s leadership’s responsibility to identify and encourage the use of those gifts by our staff.
Often the players on the bench push the players on the floor to do their very best. The players in the game know that if they don’t work hard, play smart and mistake free, the coach may very well replace them with a bench player.
Accountability in our organizations should be no different. The culture should be in place that expects maximum effort from all individuals…even if you’re on the bench.