Putting together a team in business is probably one of the most difficult things a leader has to do. Some people seem to do it naturally. We can look at great coaches like Vince Lombardi and John Wooden and admire the way they are able to lead their team to victory over and over again.
Many of the same principles apply to business. In order to develop a team, we first need to develop our own leadership skills. How do you do that? Most leaders have coaches that coach them. These coaches are the people that help a leader identify where they need to grow, inspire them to try and hold them accountable.
As leaders, we often don’t want our team to see us as making a mistake, failing, or lost. However, over the last 3 years I have experienced these and have had to say, I don’t know. I also had to make some incredibly difficult decisions that alone I probably would never have been able to do. Having support and guidance of my own coach pushed me to do what had to be done, even when it felt I could not. Showing my vulnerability to the team and asking for their leadership help pull us all together. As a result, I don’t have to do it alone! My team consists of the same players for the last 5 years, but we are all growing our leadership.
My team sees me as their leader. I have support from my coach and from my team; but most importantly, I have a business that is growing and getting back on top. This time, however, I am not doing it alone.
Get a coach! Find someone that is doing it and ask if they could help you by taking over business with you. Get your team involved with strategy. Look for leaders already in your team and develop them.
What are some tools you have used to create a better team?
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