Caroline (Caz) Bamford, is the Film & TV Operations Manager for Hillsong. She oversees the team that creates film content for church, conferences, albums and the Hillsong Channel. In this post, Caz shares four valuable lessons on leadership for all kinds of creatives!
Whenever I’m asked about leadership and leading a team (how I do it or what makes me tick), I always laugh and say that I’m the reluctant leader. I have often wondered how I ended up where I am.
Leadership was never something that I sought or pursued. But I have always sought to put my hand up and do whatever is needed to fill a gap.
I love people and being part of a team, and one of the things that I love more than anything is seeing people flourish — creating an environment where they are able to do so. While it may sound cliché, leadership is about serving and loving people, and I guess that’s why I have found myself where I am today.
Here are four big lessons I have learned along my leadership journey:
1. Lead a team, not manage a team
Leaders have people who follow them, while managers have people who work for them; this is about culture. Leading a team and managing a team are two different things. Leaders establish culture, and they do so firstly leading by example. If God places me in a position of leadership, He wants me to lead by example. I would never ask anyone to do anything that I cannot do. 1 Peter 5:3 best describes this type of leadership, “…Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way” (MSG).
2. Know your team — your flock
Know their strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of the details of their lives so that you can create the type of environment where they can flourish. 1 Peter 5:2 says that we should “…care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd” (MSG).
3. Be the type of leader that only you can be
God created me, and I have specific strengths and weaknesses to lead the way I do. He has a purpose and plan for my life, so I need to stay in my lane. God has called me to lead as myself to fulfill His purpose and plan. Remember God has called you to lead as yourself as well!
4. Set an example for how you honour your leaders
Give honour where honour is due. Sometimes we have no idea what our leaders carry. I want to be someone my leaders can count on, someone who serves well in every season, and I want to set the example for my team. As 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 says, “…honour those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love” (MSG).
I am so thankful that God would choose to use me despite all my weaknesses, insecurities and hangups. A long time ago, I put my hand up and said “yes” to God. How will YOU respond to Him?