Today we focus on building and maintaining groups and teams. “Teamwork makes the dream work!” is a saying you’re probably familiar with. Leadership exists through powerful relationships; no one can be a leader alone. Often the greatest leaders have reliable teammates who can see their true selves and can challenge the leader’s thinking for the betterment of the cause or group efforts. A key characteristic in building teams lies within shared purpose and committing to shared goals.
It is also important to note that one should strive to make connections and build relationships in an authentic manner. Connections and relationships should be forged with good intentions, not through manipulation or deceit. One of the best ways to nurture partnerships and teams is to listen and be present. Being a great leader requires creating a shared vision and developing rapport with your teammates, in order to ensure the group’s success. Take a moment to reflect on the list and quote below.
Five Commitments for an Effective Team:
1. Opening up and building trust within the team
2. Engaging in respectful discourse and conflict
3. Committing to the team’s purpose
4. Holding oneself and others accountable for their performance
5. Focusing on collective results
“All change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another.” Margaret Wheatley
Day 6 Challenge Questions:
What groups/teams are you a part of and how does each of these groups/teams impact your life?
Do you fall into a specific role or take on similar responsibilities within these groups?
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