Leaders’ priority is to deliver results. When leaders deliver results they create success for the organisation’s they lead which leads to more personal success. While leaders deliver results those leaders that are truly successful recognise that creating and building teams are critical to their success. So why are teams so critical to your success as a leader?
Only one of you
As a leader you are probably extremely good at what you do and highly capable. After all you would not have achieved the success you have so far unless you were good. That said, there is only one of you and you have finite amount of time. 24 hours a day, 168 hours in a week, and 744 hours in a month is what you have no matter how great a leader you are. With this limit in time, there is a limit on what you can get done on your own.
Skills, knowledge, experience and expertise
Teams bring a much greater of range skills, knowledge, experience and expertise than any one leader could ever have. Think about it. Every Managing Director or CEO started out their business career in a particular discipline. It might have been marketing, sales, finance, operations or human resources to name just a few. They started out experts and became generalists and more rounded. At the same time they recognise that they can never be experts in every area of business so they build teams with complimentary skills, knowledge, experience and expertise.
You might be a highly creative person. Imagine having 5 or 10 other creative people contributing ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm into creating a compelling vision for the organisation. How much richer would the final product or output be in this situation? Leaders who achieve success know that much more can be created through teams working together than working on their own.
So teams maximise the possibilities and achievements but what can leaders do to leverage the benefits of teams and achieve success:
1. Know what you are brilliant at
2. Be aware of the gaps in your skills, knowledge, experience and expertise
3. Make sure that your teams are full of people with complimentary skills, knowledge, experience and expertise
4. Make recruitment a priority area in your business so that you attract and recruit the best people
Bottom line – The best leaders know that teams are critical to their success. So what steps are you going to take to be an even more successful leader?
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.