I’m really stuck on Maxwell’s “Law of the Lid” right now. Basically, it says that leaders are the lid that their teams (followers) can’t surpass. If you’re a 7, those who follow you will be 6s or below. If they’re 8s, they’ll become the leader or find a 9 to follow.
I’m big on bringing your A-game every service, every week. When I arrive at the church I want to be completely empty, I want to be filled up for every service, and at the end of the services, I want to have left everything on the stage – nothing left. Sometimes when we’re the ones serving all morning, we hold back in our earlier or “less attended” services, but here’s what you’ve got to know – those people who showed up didn’t expect a “B” experience because it was earlier – it may be the only Jesus they get all week – you’d better bring it.
I’m all about being authentic on stage, but sometimes you’ve got to press your way through the personal crap and remember that you’re the lid – you set the tone, you set the bar, you ARE the leader. If the energy you bring on the stage is a 3, don’t look for the people to respond with a 6 – it’s simply the law of the lid. If your heart is engaged in worship at a 7, don’t be surprised when folks in the room only engage at a 3 – it’s simply the law of the lid.