How Team Building as an Essential Leadership Skill

How Team Building as an Essential Leadership Skill

It should be no surprise to most managers and executives that team building is an integral and core competency for being a leader. Clearly, without building a team, who is there to lead? That said, many managers come to the table without much training, or worse, down right ill-equipped for real team building. 

The process of team building is not something you do when the moment moves you. From the time a maanger rises until the end of a long work day, pruposeful thoughts about the status of team building need to be an ongoing priority. We found a good article and video that shines light on the subject…

“Leadership and lifestyle expert, Leanne Grechulk is the founder of HealthyGirl™ and the author of the Amazon best-selling book 30 Days to Wealth – In this episode, you will learn:

    • Why true leaders are authentic
    • Why intentions will never replace action
    • Why you need to understand emotional intelligence 
    • How accepting leadership leads to inner peace”

 There are many important parts, processes and ingredients to building a great team and leading them to success. In my view, in the end a team is built one person at a time and lead both individually and collectively. By any measure, selecting the right people to be on your team bus is an essential marker for both management and leadership success. Leading through a crystal clear vision that both combines and directs the energy and motivation of the team is mandatory. Training is an integral part as well.

leadership skillsLeading is being out front with people who want to push from behind. To the extent the leader-manager has selected the right people and set the vision, much of each individual’s willingness to follow will have to do with the integrity of their relationship with the leader more than compelling oratory. I love good quotes and Peter Drucker has been an inspiration. Here is one that speaks to this relationship between each individual being led and the leader…

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations,” –Peter Drucker

So much is encapsulated here. setting a powerful vision of where the team needs to go, insisting on higher standards of performance, removing a person’s self-imposed limitations. These all speak to the building blocks of a high-performance relationship. To a great extent, team building is accomplished one person at a time. When this is done correctly, it becomes easier to create the productivity-team with highly motivated and purposed people working together for the vision.

Here are 7 beliefs in how a leader builds a team by publisher Mike Moore.

  • Select the right person
  • Train the heck out of them
  • Know them and know their self-imposed limitations
  • Drive them through belief and trust to think bigger than their current view
  • Trust them to perform and then coach them quickly to improve
  • Recognize their growth and achievements
  • Empower them

One leader, one person, one purpose.


Subject Matter Video by Kevin Berchelmann

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