Joshua Gagnon

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Ep 149: What Does Every Team Member Want to Say to Their Leader?

Welcome to the 148th episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on Apple Podcast or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media.

Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

What does every team member want to say to their leader?


1. Please don’t tell me what to do; teach me how to think.

Development is an ongoing process. Intentionality is the most important thing. Lead through asking questions. Development isn’t that efficient; it’s messy. Explain your decision-making to show them how you arrived at that conclusion. Ask them, “What would you do?”

2. Don’t assume that your priorities are my priorities.

Don’t assume that just because a priority makes sense to you that it makes sense to your team member as well. Communicate what needs to be prioritized to your team members. If you’re ever unsure, just ask.


3. Be present when I’m with you.

As a leader, sometimes we can hold ourselves above the standard that we have for our team members. Be present with your team members to communicate that you value their time rather than multitasking or getting distracted. Be available to your teams.

4. One “Good job” can carry me a long way.

Positive reinforcement means the world to your team members.  Words of affirmation and hand-written notes go a long way.

5. I want to be cared for as a person more than an employee.

Invest into your team members personally. People who feel cared for will stick around longer and be happy to show up for work. View them as people, not machines.

Be on the lookout for next week’s episode, where we will be exploring what every leader wants to say to their team member!

Ep 148: Giving & Taking Credit

Welcome to the 148th episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on Apple Podcast or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media.

Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

A parental figure elevates.

You could tell the greatness of a man not by what he accomplishes, but by what those that he leads accomplish.

You know you are succeeding not when YOU are succeeding, but when everyone around you is succeeding.

The hardest part about giving away ownership is the chance that they don’t succeed, and the chance that as a leader that you have to now spend time building back into them the belief that they can be what they hoped to be.

Ep 147: Snow Storms

Welcome to the 146th episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on Apple Podcast or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media.

Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

Thoughts from this episode:

If there is power, there will be an experience at NLC.

Safety is the most important thing. If a team leader doesn’t think it is safe for them to come to church in a blizzard, that is okay.

Setting up an environment for a life to be changed does not have to include haze and flashy lights. It can contain a group of people that are there for one purpose: to love Jesus.