Do Leaders Need To Be Strong Team Players?

In a recent leadership workshop comprised of senior leaders of a firm there was so much discussion about the challenges of their team. As with so many other companies, this organization put more focus on taking care of their external clients rather than taking care of its internal team. They thought that as long as the customers seemed happy there was no need to make any adjustments with the team’s direction. Yet it was obvious that these leaders were not functioning as a cohesive group and saw no need to be strong team players.

As the program continued it became more and more apparent that maybe understanding the dynamics of their internal team might actually help grow their client base. If they were able to iron out their differences and restart their team by everyone moving in the same direction, they realized how that might be helpful for their clients.

How can leaders become strong team players?

See The Value Of Being Part Of A Team

Teams can accomplish great things if the team is perceived as being productive and caring. Of course that means team members feel connected to one another and appreciated by the other members. What that can look like is thanking members for their contributions and hard work as well as sharing meaningful work. It is also important for the team to create values that all the members buy into.

Understand Their Strengths And Blindspots

To be a strong team player requires leaders to have a deep read on the areas they excel as well as the areas that may detract from the team’s success. Some ways to key into our strengths and blind spots are:

  • Ask other team members about your talents and gifts.
  • Meet with others for suggestions to overcome some weaknesses.
  • Take part in a DiSC or Myers-Briggs Inventory assessment.
  • Encourage feedback from team members to grow.

Be Willing To Share The Truth About Others

A strong team player is also able to tell members about their areas to grow as well as positive contributions they are making. As long as we share our ideas in a respectful way and there is a team culture of supporting each other, this feedback can be so helpful. It’s only when we are afraid to be honest with others that our teams derail.

Put Their Egos On A Back Burner

Egos can run amuck on many teams if each leader thinks their responsibilities and projects are most important above all else. In Patrick Lencioni’s extraordinary book, The Ideal Team Player, he points out the importance of team players being humble. That means:

  • Putting the needs of the team ahead of our own.
  • Not being arrogant.
  • Treating every person on the team with respect.

Help Their Team Honor Their Purpose

Without a purpose team players are unclear about the actions they should take or decisions they should make. To perform in sync it is essential for leaders to crystallize where they are headed and share that message with everyone they come into contact with. Why is this important? When team members see their work being part of a greater picture they are more likely to work harder and achieve more. Think about how you are making the lives of your customers better.

How have you become a strong team player? What leadership decisions have helped you create a more impactful team?

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Five Roads To Authentic Leadership

It can sometimes be difficult assessing whether a leader is being totally real with us. The words coming out of their mouth might sound like they know what they are talking about and their tone seems authoritative. Yet there is something about them that doesn’t add up. We are feeling disconnected from a conversation and we don’t know why. I worked with a woman who was confusing to read. On one hand she was a successful business developer and often asked me to help her with projects. And in another way she would challenge my every decision and action. It was impossible to know what she was really thinking.

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Four Techniques To Overcome The Leadership Blues

For some leaders this is a challenging time of year with snowstorms and cold temperatures. Daylight hours are shorter which may cause us to feel a little down or even less ambitious. I know there is a psychological condition for individuals who suffer severely with this disorder but for many of us it is just that time of year we are quite familiar. As leaders we know we need to start off the year strong with our goals front and center. It’s not that we aren’t excited about our work ahead it’s just the thought of gearing up that can be a bit daunting.

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Six Kick-Ass Leadership Moves For 2018

The New Year is here and that means it is time for leaders to cross over to a new beginning with a hop in their step. The evaluation of the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year is now behind us and the worst thing we can do is keep our feet stuck in “what was”. Shake it off and look straight ahead to 2018. Even if we had our best year ever we need to look at the New Year with fresh eyes and scope.

Are you ready to propel forward?

Six kick-ass leadership moves for 2018:


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Six Reasons Holidays Help Rejuvenate Leaders

As we prepare for the holiday season and the New Year it can feel stressful and overwhelming. It doesn’t matter what holidays we celebrate as we all experience the bustle of getting ready and the anticipation of what our gatherings may bring.

Did I miss anyone on my presents list?

Do I have all the ingredients to make my assigned dish for the dinner?

Am I all caught up on my projects so I can take a few days or even a week away from the job?

Are my travel plans all set? Do I need to purchase any tickets ahead?

Did I finish evaluating my year-end accomplishments and am I