“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Every once in a while you get just the right mix of personalities, creativity, experience, and passion among the members of a team. There’s this perfect moment when everyone and everything just seems to click and “gestalt” – you get a whole which is larger than the sum of its parts. Some call it gestalt, others call it luck. I like to think of it as “chemistry.” Just as a chemist takes great care to mix chemicals properly, leaders must know how to mix their team to create the perfect “chemistry.”
Here are some tips to help your team “click”:
- Do a fun event outside of the office. Plan a beach day, play sports, go camping, take a hike – do something to get your team talking and working together. Make fun memories together. Spending time together outside of the office can build relationships, trust, and camaraderie. Here are some more outing suggestions.
- Quash conflict. When issues arise, deal with them. Don’t wait until it gets out of hand. Even the smallest offense can cause a big problem. Here’s a great post on resolving conflict.
- Make adjustments. Sometimes you have to let go of the good in order to grab the great. If someone on your team just isn’t “clicking,” have a conversation with them. Try to pinpoint why. And if a resolution isn’t reached, you may need to gracefully part ways.
Integrity (noun): the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness
Join me as I interview Pastor Tony Lopez on why integrity is important and how to have integrity as a leader.
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“It’s not enough that you just have talent. You gotta have character too.” – The Hustler (1961)
Both talent and character play an important role in leadership. Talent is attractive and very beneficial, however, it is not solely responsible for success. When I recruit people to be on my team, I always look for character before talent.
Talent is like a loaded shotgun, but character is the ability to aim and hit a target. You must have both to be effective. Talent without character is like an un-aimed loaded shotgun–dangerous and deadly.
Oftentimes people ride the wave of success based on talent alone. Success, however, usually comes with increased responsibilities and pressure. If a person’s character hasn’t been developed, he or she won’t be able to handle success properly. As a leader, it is important that we are sensitive to the development of character in our team. Don’t promote someone only because of a talent. Make sure that person has the character to sustain a higher level of responsibility.
And, this is important for us to remember too… don’t be in a rush to get to a place where your character can’t keep you. Talent may take you somewhere, but only character will keep you there. Work on developing your character. Stay accountable to someone. Reflect on the way you react and respond in different situations. Do you like it? What are others saying about you? Set personal goals for yourself (click for tips).
“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece by thought, choice, courage and determination.” – John Luther
Don’t let talent outgrow character. Your talent will only take you as far as your character will sustain you.
“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” – John C. Maxwell
Our technology-driven world offers many resources that can help increase effectiveness and productivity in leadership. Pictured above are five “must have” apps for leaders. And, for your convenience, below are download links.
- Google Drive (free): Apple / Android
- Dropbox (free): Apple / Android
- Pages ($9.99): Apple only
- Evernote (free): Apple / Android
- LinkedIn (free): Apple / Android