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You’re All One Team

January 20, 2016 — 10 Comments

Organizations are often broken down into different departments.

Your church or business may have a technology department, financial department, outreach/marketing department, and more. They’re all vying for the same thing.

To grow the organization.

 

While the goal of each department may be to grow the organization, that goal is frequently hindered by the attitudes held within each department.

It’s not on purpose, but each department may secretly harbor ill-will towards those “other” workers.

They see them as competition, not as team-mates. And we, as leaders, often promote this type of behavior.

How Leaders Destroy Teamwork

The little things leaders do can lead to big-time issues in their businesses. Leaders can begin to break apart the cohesive of a team without even recognizing it.

Leaders destroy teamwork when:

Do you have that same small voice that I have? The one that tells me that my voice doesn’t matter. That I shouldn’t speak up and let my voice be heard.

If we’re truthful, many of us are stuck at this impasse. We’ve been called to the leadership table but don’t think we have any input to offer.

Speak up and lead

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But that’s not true. You do have value to add to the team.

That’s why you were chosen for leadership. That’s why you stepped into the role of leadership.

Someone saw value within you. Someone recognized you had something to say. Even if that person was you.

Why You Don’t Speak Up

I’ll be the first to admit. I have a problem speaking up.

I feel there are wiser people in attendance than myself. I feel I don’t have enough experience. I feel my ideas may be out there, even for the groups I’m leading.

Words freely flow from our mouths. We say things we think matter and, more often than not, we say words that don’t matter.

It’s messed up I tell you! Why are we saying things that don’t matter instead of things that truly matter?

Let’s get into the habit of saying these 20 things leaders should say more often.

1. You’ve done a fantastic job.

2. Thank you for your hard work.

3. I appreciate what you’ve done for me.

4. Here’s 2 tickets to the Detroit Tigers game. (Not only will this make someone’s day, it’ll get two more Tigers fans to the stadium)

5. What can I do to make your job better?

6. I’ve messed up.

7. I don’t know. Let’s find out together.

8. How can we help each other?

Influence is at the heart of leadership. Our actions should inspire and influence our tribe to become better. To do more. To be more.

However, we sometimes do things that make us lose our influence as leaders.

Beached sailboats

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Be on guard for the actions that will make your leadership less effective and for you to lose your influence over your tribe. Your influence is valuable and it’s key to being a leader.

As you’re leading, take care to not lose your influence.

Have a Do as I say, not as I do attitude: Our actions speak louder than words. When we expect others to do as we say but not as we do, our tribe begins to notice.

Those once great followers will soon turn away. They’ll realize you’re all talk, no action. Don’t let your actions tell your tribe you’re not a leader.

Trust is essential for any leader. Without trust, you can’t lead anyone willingly.

I started my new job July 29th, 2013. I was nervous, excited, fearful, but most of all, ready for the challenge. I was scared because it’s something new. Anxiety and worries follow fear with any new endeavor. The combination of fear, anxiety, worries is a great recipe for mistakes and missed opportunities at a new job.

Trust standing at the edge

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What kills my fears, worries, and anxiety about a new job is my solid plan. I have a “money-back guarantee” strategy that will not fail. This strategy is based on the wisdom I’ve gathered in my career, excellent books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win Friends and Influence People.