Written by: Don Hadley
Businesses are working to compete more effectively with better people and teams.
However, competition is tougher now than it has been in the past. The world moves more swiftly. The culture of what is expected is vastly different than it was even three years ago.
To be able to prevent problems, overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities, we need to use true teams to make the difference.
The Typical Approach
Many leaders develop a following by having developing great relationships with individuals. As they build the relationships, they end up with followers that will follow them and do so with great loyalty. But the strength of the relationship is one to one.
One organization in the construction trades for 35+ years had great, loyal employees. However, the leader of the business had to stay involved. They were the glue that held the business and the people together. Each time the leader worked fewer hours, the processes, relationships and results would begin to unwind. While he was a great leader with individuals, the team had to have him involved to be productive. The leader needed to be the glue. The loyalty of the followers was to the leader.
This causes a challenge since the individuals that follow the leader may not work so well together themselves without the leader.
The Team Approach
Instead we want to create a dynamic where the team members become loyal to the vision, a destination, where it is necessary that they all act together to achieve that vision. It is a big enough vision and destination that it cannot be achieved by one person acting on their own.
The vision also needs to be motivating on several levels so that everyone in the culture can attach a deep personal reason to take action towards the vision with the rest of the team and organization.
Additionally, a road-map is needed that shares the “how” and has alternate options, different roads, that can be taken if there needs to be a detour (i.e. this is a potential detour; we will try this approach instead).
One global organization struggling with strong leaders of individuals wanted to build strong team leadership so they could grow their organization. They wanted to grow without burning through lots of people and money. As they built the vision, road-map and taught team skills, they doubled the business in 5 years. They did it again in 4 years. They are currently working to double once again in 3 years. In that time, they have lost very few members of their organization to the difficulties of growth and have incredibly more effective people.
Call to Action
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