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Leadership Lessons p3

April 11, 2009

This is the last post in the series of posts called Leadership Lessons. You can check out parts one and  two here.

Lesson number 1: Leaders must make everyone feel part of the team. A team will play better if everyone feels like they are contributing, and that their presence matters.  I have seen this many times growing up… someone who does not feel like they are a part of the team is constantly looking out for themselves. They don’t play for the team and the win, they play for stats and to look good. Where as if someone plays for the team they will consider others before themselves and stats do not matter wins do.

The hard part is making everyone feel like they are on the team. And most of the time leaders think that because they gave someone a jersey or they give someone a pay check from the organization that makes an individual  a part of the team. It doesn’t and never will. You can sit on the bench and still not be a part of the team, you can sit in a office, go to meetings with others that “have the same goal” and still not be a part of the team.

Leaders must make everyone feel as though they are on the team for the team to go as far as it can. If you want your organization to achieve all that it has the potential too, then the leaders of that organization will make everyone feels like they are on the team and that they matter. How do you do this? I think that it is very simple…

You can make people feel as though they are part of the team by doing a few simple things. Ask them their opinion (even if you don’t use their ideas every time), look them in the eyes, acknowledge them when you see them in the hall, or walk by their office. You can make them feel a part of the team by being a friend and listening to them, it’s as simple as asking them how their family is.

Making someone feel like they a part of of the team is very simple… a little effort goes a long way.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Christopher S permalink
    April 15, 2009 3:19 am

    That’s a good lesson. I’m going to need to use this.

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