Research is proving what King Solomon knew centuries ago; there is value in teamwork. Teams allow you to harness the diversity of strengths. As a leader, you should be watching for individuals who complement each others’ weaknesses.Do not expect your team to make their individual weaknesses strengths. The effort you put into improving a weaknesses could be used practicing and improving strengths, yielding a much higher return on investment.
What type of people make up your team? Do you have people who see the big picture and think outside the box? These people challenge the way things were always done and are often visionaries. Do you have people who dig into the details? The analytical people can help you understand the value of undertaking work. They love finding the evidence that supports why something should work (or shouldn’t work). What about the organizers? These people are going to get you from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible. They will also help with the policies and procedures and keep everything standardized. Do you have the people people? These are ones that glue the group together and understand the softer sides of things.
Gone are the days of the individual hero. Now we better understand the value of the team. How much effort are you putting in to the makeup of your team? I encourage you to really dig in to the strengths and weaknesses of the individual members so you develop a cohesive whole that complements each individual. That way, if you stumble, the team is there to pick you up
Jana Axline is president and leadership coach at Axline Solutions. Through her leadership musings she hopes to inspire audiences to grow as leaders and ultimately achieve who they were created to be. For more information visit Axline Solutions.