How well do you know yourself? What settings do you find yourself naturally gravitating toward and thriving as a result?
I work better in a collaborative setting. When I have the opportunity to work with a group of people, my creativity goes through the roof.
For example, last year I worked with an intern. The greatest benefit was having someone with whom I could talk through decisions and ideas. When left to myself, I bog down in possibilities and options.
What about you? How do you thrive? Do you find yourself being rejuvenated by working alone? Or maybe you feel like working in a group helps you present your best?
If you have never considered this before, take just a minute and think about the last month. How many times have you tried to get together with a group of people? How many gatherings have you avoided? When did you feel energized?
Some people do better by themselves, where others thrive in community. Neither is right or wrong, unless you’re going against your wiring.
Once you have evaluated and decided how best you work, embrace it. Because I do better in group settings, I have built group times into my schedule. I have two to three groups I meet with on a regular basis, whether it be lunch, catching up, or coffee. Our time together may not always be about ministry or leadership, but I regularly grow as a result. My schedule reflects my leanings.
If you do better alone, find time to get away. Let your calendar reflect your strengths. Schedule in times to get creative.
One final word, balance is important. I may lean towards working better in a group, but I still have to find time to work alone. You may work better alone, but you cannot hide from group work completely.
Know your strength. Play to your strength. Embrace your strength. But do not neglect your weakness. Find the balance.