Five very powerful quotes, read and ponder.
- “A leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of credit.” – Arnold Glasow
- “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.” – Napolean
- “The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. It’s terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.” – Sam Walton
- “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
- “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.” – Wayne Gretzky.
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. – Joe Paterno.
Who else can say better than JoePa? He is absolutely correct, but key thing is outgrowing individualism. When a team is motivated to work together, everything seems possible and there is quite a different feeling. I have been blessed to work with some of the best people who knew how to empower team and have experienced how team’s common goals produce stunning results.
Very first thing is to cultivate the trust in the team. If there is no professional trust among group members, team will never perform at par.
We have to be little bit open to our team members (my own perspective). if we become totally professional by delegating tasks and demand results with ‘paid for the work done’ attitude, team will not work. You got to use some emotional intelligence, you got to connect with the employee.
Next, you being the boss, have to guide and empower the team. Every team member comes with unique skills, personality, objectives, understanding. You got to know who needs direction, and who needs nod; who needs to be left alone and who should be slowing down. Check Situational Leadership II post on my blog. You are the one who will make things happen through this dynamic team.
Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments how you made your team perform above expectations and what factors were important to you.