Dealing with Difficult People
By Ellie Lafaro
How do you handle difficulties with team members?
Where there are people, there is trouble, and women’s Bible studies are no exception. Female sensitivity spikes whenever we gather in herds, so we must take precaution not to get jarred by a hoof or maybe a tongue!
James has a lot to say about that mischievous little muscle of ours. Leaders must learn to be peacemakers. James 3:18 says, “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
Place a high priority on people – not on position or power.
Encourage your team by example in both word and deed.
Act immediately when dissension stirs. Go to the source(s). Don’t let wounds fester.
Charge your team with Scriptural mandates concerning the nature of Christ.
Examine your own heart and be quick to apologize, confess – and hug.
Believe the best about each team member until you are forced by clear evidence to do otherwise. Challenge people privately, passionately, and politely. Encourage your team to do likewise. Stress the need for spiritual maturity which brings grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Communicate often with your team! A healthy herd provides safety and warmth!