The Coates Perspective for February 13, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
There is No I in Team
Napoleon Hill, in his book entitled, Think and Grow Rich noted the importance of having a circle of mentors from whom we can learn and emulate. If we are going to succeed as leaders we need a trusted group, an inner circle of sharp advisors who are not yes men but men and women who know what it takes to get the best out of us. I am certain there are plenty of so-called self-made men who have succeeded as leaders in business. However, I’m equally sure that they succeeded because of the able help of the support staff.
What is the bottom line here? It is this: no one can do it all but everyone can contribute something for the greater good. It was Mother Teresa who once said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”
The perceptive leader knows his strengths and, just as important, he or she knows their weaknesses also. If a leader wants to be a great leader he or she is going to have to build a great team.
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to surround himself with a group of trusted advisors. How is it done? What does a leader have to do in order to build a superior team around him? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Look for the people who complement you. You do not need two of you. Add quality individuals who will present a diversity of ideas to your team.
2. Look for the people who are secure in their own skin. You do not need people around you who are intimidated by you.
3. Look for the people who have your best interest in mind. Loyalty is a precious asset when building an inner circle within a leadership team.
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? What qualities are you looking for when you build your inner circle?
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