The secret to successful organization are leaders whom have built successful teams. Having team players who understand the mission and vision of the organization is a key to the organization’s success. Therefore, no organization will make any progress if those in leadership do not have an in-depth understanding of what the mission and vision is.
It is important to understand that a successful team possesses a common goal, diverse skills and contribution and a strong coaching and communication. Every team must have a vision and how they are going to get there. It is important also to know that leaders exist to serve the needs. If there were no needs there will be no leaders.
Team leaders will have to grow together so that they will stay on the same page. The will need to have a chemistry that fits as there will be a need to carry on constant evaluation so as to be able to flow together because in a chemical reaction if the elements or chemicals don’t correspond, you will have an explosion, the same is with leadership. And there surely will be an explosion when you do not keep evaluating your leadership team. This is the truth in a nutshell: Individualism wins trophies, but teamwork wins championships.
As a team the best way to accomplish your purpose is to serve your people. Leaders naturally arise when someone determines to serve… it always starts with a need. That need sparks passion within a person. That person acts in respond to the need. This action moves others to cooperate. An example is Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil rights movement and Nelson Mandela and the ANC fight against apartheid.
Team members need qualities that set them apart from others. In every age there comes a time when a leaders must come forward to meet the need of the hour. Therefore, there is no potential leader who does not have an opportunity to make a positive difference in society. Tragically, there are times when a leader does not rise to that hour. And so, why is it that when circumstances call for it, a leader does not rise to that hour? Many times it is because people have not prepared their hearts to serve.
However, it is important that every member on the team develop the “skills” in order to lead effectively. Meanwhile, there are several important qualities of the heart that every team member should build into his or her life, first before they lead others.
Effective leaders who cared much about the development of their organization are genuinely concerned with team members’ efficiency, productivity, and happiness, and realize that training and personal development are absolute necessities and that leaders should choose to look on this possibility as an incredible benefit. If you have no one prepared to take your place, you, including your organization are destined to stay just where you are!
Leaders who feel plagued by insecurity and fear of team development should remember that they have not yet reached the ultimate limit for earning and advancement. Therefore, if you want to move up the leadership ladder, you must develop others to take your place. Your job as a leader is not to perpetuate the status quo; your job is to teach, coach, and encourage team members to develop their innate potential for achievement. As a leader know that training yourself and team is an ongoing responsibility.
On a team every member has a gift and must therefore be given the opportunity to exercise that gift. Your team is not a spectator. The spectator is one who watches but on a team we all participate. Your organization will not make progress if members on the team are not given the opportunity to exercise their gift. Your organization will also not make progress if the leaders don’t have a vision that is bigger than self.
And if your organization should make further progress her leaders must grow. It is the leader’s growth that determines your organization’s growth. Leaders need to grow because life and society are constantly changing and they must be able to meet up with these changes. Know this; a leader cannot lead a follower beyond where they have personally grown. They must improve in order for them to stay in front. And for your organization to make progress its leaders must stay on the same page. Of course every team should know where it stands because there is a scoreboard that everyone can see. Players glance at the scoreboard continually during a game. When the game is over, at least they know if they have won or lost.
(Chealy Brown Dennis is a consultant and a much sought after motivational speaker and offers training in organizational leadership, and business development concept and planning, creative sales and marketing, strategic planning and team building. He also offers workbooks, on-location and train-the-trainer formats for leaders, managers, businesses and organizations. He can be contacted through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on phone at: 0886-264-611 or 0776545394)