It didn’t take long for humans to learn that they were better off working in groups. From the dawn of civilization, even the earliest to walk the earth, humans knew they needed to use teamwork and cooperation to hunt, gather, build, and survive. They also knew that leaders were an essential ingredient to the success of a team.
Of course, today’s world has evolved far beyond the reaches of stone tools and mud huts, and into a technologically complex intergenerational landscape that shifts at break-neck speeds. Understandably, what it means to be a good leader has also changed.
If you’re looking to develop the highest performing leadership that you can in the ever-shifting modern world, then take these four TRL industry secrets to heart.
Pulling is The New Pushing
Obviously, as leaders, we want to encourage growth within those we lead and “push” them to unlock their full potential. However, a common misconception is that the way to get there is by pushing them with demands, orders, and criticisms. Unfortunately, what we’re actually doing with this behavior is pushing them away.
In stark contrast, we get much more out of your team if we pull them in through leading by example and taking accountability for actions. Working to understand problems that are occurring in the organization are not the result of essential individual inadequacies, but are instead dependent on both personal and environmental factors that need to be acknowledged and validated before a solution can be found.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
We’ll say it one more time: communicate!
Truly, good communication is one of the fundamental secrets to a strong leadership team. An open circuit of communication creates trust and encourages multiple perspectives, both of which are central to making strong, dynamic decisions in the business world.
Scrap The Zero Sum Attitude
In our experience, divisive work environments are built upon a pervading “zero-sum” ideology—that one’s loss must necessarily be another’s game, vice-versa. This outlook breeds a culture in which success is almost always individualized, often at the expense of seeing successes for what they really are: effective teamwork.
Really, no matter what goal has been achieved, it’s important to recognize each team member’s role played, no matter how pivotal or peripheral.
Listen And Learn
We can’t overstate this — a team leader that cannot listen and cannot learn is hardly a team leader. Core to good leadership is the ability to receive and attend to feedback, heed it as necessary, self-reflect, and integrate lessons learned in a life-long pursuit of growth. Not only will you grow as a leader, but you will set a precedent for those you lead by expressing an open attitude.
Lead Confidently With Two Roads Leadership
For years, Two Roads Leadership has been providing world-class coaching certification and leadership development programs intended to create the boldest and brightest inter-generational leaders out there.
With over two decades of experience, our founder Dr. J.R Flatter has spent years dedicating himself to giving the gift of confidence to people to be the person that they are and to believe they can reach whatever it is they seek.Visit our contact page or call us at (540) 658-1922 today to learn more about leadership team building.