Have you ever looked at a leader’s team and wonder, “How did he build such a great team?”
Rarely do you find a great leader without a team that excels consistently. It’s almost always there. Great leaders build great teams.
So why do some leaders struggle to build great teams? Here are a few:
- They are intimated by other great leaders. They want it to be about their ideas. They don’t like being challenged by their team. And bringing other great leaders on the team that have good ideas and may challenge them frighten the leader. They are scared that others will start wondering why he or she is the leaders as opposed to someone else on the team. So they avoid hiring great leaders. And a great team never develops.
- They like to have the spotlight. They struggle when the spotlight shines on someone other than themselves. They want they credit for all the team’s accomplishments. They rarely discuss the accomplishments of individual team members. They use “I” more than “we.” And so team members never feel valued. It’s demoralizing. So they cease striving for excellence. Because the team members know that they will never receive the recognition they deserve.
- They don’t delegate. They rarely release responsibilities that are better suited for another team member. They become a bottleneck. The team becomes slow. They have to. Because they are waiting on their leader.
- They fear losing team members. Rarely do you see members from their team advance in their career. The great leaders surround themselves with the best team members. They want team members that other people and organizations want. And they know that if he or she has members from the team advancing in their career consistently, it will only attract other great leaders to the team.
Great leaders know that they are only as good as the team they lead. They surround themselves with other great leaders and celebrate their successes. Which, in turn, attracts more great leaders to the team.