What is the hallmark of great teams? They are proactive in harmony. Think about it. Each person knows their role, they act with confidence, and they do their part to create an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. What does harmony require? Certainly, it is not a solo. Each voice has a role and must hold to that role and excel in that role to deliver results that are beyond expectation. To deliver those results, they have practiced and listened to others carefully.
Two things a great leader does for the team are:
Allow each to shine and show their value. Ever noticed in works by great composers there is a time for each voice or each section to take the lead? Not only does this provide personal satisfaction for that person, it prepares them for when they must be a leader in the future. It allows them to feel the support of the surrounding roles and value that support.
Allow debate but not divide. Debate and discuss are always good things. They bring differing points of view to the fore and allow members to build on each other’s ideas. A key check is to understand why you might disagree. What is motivating the challenge? Is it personal or is it for the good of the team? Great leaders will work with the team the critical, potentially divisive issues so that all buy in to the ultimate vision.
So, as we look to the future and join teams, let others shine and understand what motivates you when you disagree. In other words, check your ego at the door and focus on the win-win.
Have a great week!