No leader enjoys saying confrontation.
No leader enjoys confronting team members.
Confrontation is particularly difficult in the church. Confronting volunteers is a unique challenge.
Yet confronting team members when necessary is a vital function of leadership.
Jon Nicol has written the helpful article “11 Tips For Confronting Poor Preparation On Your Worship Team.”
While Jon’s article focuses on confrontation within worship ministries, the tips he provides are useful for any leader to develop positive confrontation skills.
Here are Jon’s 11 tips. I have retitled them 11 Tips For Positive Confrontation.
- Praise in public; critique in private.
- Do it ASAP.
- Never before a worship service, unless it’s that crucial.
- Do it in person.
- Know the person.
- Be specific.
- Separate the offense from the person.
- State how the behavior affects the team.
- Use questions.
- Suggest solutions
- Always give a reason WHY it’s a problem, not just that it IS a problem.
Read the full article for explanations of these tips in action.