Forming the right team is the universal first step to building a strong and sustainable company. You succeed or fail on the strength of your team.
Skill of Successful long-term leaders is to put the needs of their company and team before their own wants.
Leaders are naturally goal-oriented and understand the need — and the best way — to communicate the objective to the team.
A leader can truly command respect when he demonstrates ways that employees can do their jobs better. No one is impressed by an individual who simply knows how to delegate tasks. Instead, they are loyal to a leader who also knows how to get his hands dirty.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
Leaders establish goals, while teamwork involves adopting those goals and sharing the objectives as a shared agenda.
Selecting the right set of people is the easy part. Teams are selected from a pool of people with different skills, viewpoints, attitudes and desires. Making them work together is hard.
High performing teams buy into a “shared agenda” philosophy. By adopting the objectives of the leader and melding them with the individual goals of team members, the group becomes a stronger force than the individual strengths of the group members. Effective team members also feel a strong sense of empathy, allowing them to better understand the individuals in their group. This factor works to bring the team together to attack their common objective.
Using input from team members, leaders decide on the goals with full agreement from the group.
Attaining leadership and teamwork skills can be challenging in a number of ways. First, people can shy away from leadership because they don’t want to be the ones who are accused if something goes wrong. Second, it can be difficult for some to be persuasive enough to encourage others to follow them or to relate to others. On the other hand, becoming an effective team player can be difficult because most people are taught to be successful individuals since this is the prototypical system of reward.
Every leader is different and every team is different! Find your own way – make it work!!!