Whatever you want to achieve, you need a team to make it happen
Whether it’s an outstanding sales person, leader or cyclist, “winning” is never just about one person. Take practical steps to improve your organisation’s teamwork.
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Strength in Diversity
If you had told me 15 years ago Before Husband (B.H.) that I would become so committed to the Tour de France I would record and watch every single moment of the race, I would have laughed. It’s surprising sometimes what we get interested in. What is even more interesting is why we become interested.
Until I started watching the Tour de France, I thought that there was just one single cyclist who wins the entire race. The first one to cross the finish line. Far from it.
In cycling, the team leader or ‘Captain’ has the greatest chance of winning the overall Tour de France title. Yet it’s a team event. Some cyclists lead on sprinting, climbing or time-trials. Not just that, every team has a number of ‘domestiques’, cyclists whose sole task is to support their leaders to be the best they can be. Then there is the team of people who don’t cycle but provide all the support needed by the team. Everything from taking care of the bikes to taking care of the riders.
The striking thing about the Tour de France – and every successful sports event – is just how much teamwork is needed. Every star performer is different. Every support role is unique. The power and strength of each team lies in its diversity. A team made up of sprinters will not succeed any more than any team of specialists. We need different skills and qualities to make a whole team successful.
Look around your teams. Do you have introverts and extroverts? People who are great at detail and also big thinkers? Do you have leaders and followers? Risk takers and people who consolidate?
Play to Individual Strengths
When you lead a team, your performance and success is delivered by the team. When we use the Tour de France as an example, we learn a few key ideas:
Every team is different. Knowing how to encourage the best, most consistent performance and delivery from your team is a real leadership skill. Fortunately, there is a lot to help you with that.
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