“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” This is a quote from Mother Teresa that has so much truth and meaning in all walks of life.
With the start of a new year, many people are setting goals for themselves both personally and professionally. As cliche as it may sound, it truly does take teamwork to make the dream work. Anytime I identify a new goal for my team it is imperative that thought and planning go into the plan for success. Leadership is a critical component of success. A true leader must acknowledge that a team is only as strong as it’s weakest link and work to ensure that all members are supported in whatever areas are necessary in order to create and grow more leaders. When you help others achieve success, you achieve success.
Being successful is not about winning more or producing more but following your ideals and accomplishing your goals.
One important part of this is identifying the strengths of the team members and how they can contribute their strengths towards accomplishing the objectives and goals set forth. Leadership must be organized and proactive. The establishment of a new goal requires pre-planning to make initial decisions on what needs to get accomplished and how, then meetings with team members to: identify objectives and goals, give individuals the opportunity to contribute their ideas and be involved in the planning stages, assign roles and responsibilities and set expectations for timelines, productivity, quality, etc. Then it is imperative that leadership monitors the activity throughout the process to ensure that all needs are being met and/or adjusted as needed. Another important part of this process is acknowledging the effort and accomplishments of your team. Even the smallest gesture of recognition can go a long way towards boosting the morale of team members and giving them a sense of ownership in the work being done.
When everyone pulls the rope the same direction you cross the finish line much faster.