One of the great benefits of a team is the range of skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes that they can draw on to address a problem or issue. On the other hand, the full potential of this diverse range of expertise is often not fully exploited. This might be due to one or more of the following factors:
• People don’t fully appreciate what others are good at
• People make assumptions about what people can or cannot do rather than finding out
• People think and maybe even believe that they are masters at everything
• People don’t like acknowledging that they are not great at some things for fear of losing face or worrying how it will change others perceptions of them
As the leader of the team your job is to make sure that you get each and every one of your team members performing at their optimal level, so take the time and make the effort to discover and exploit the strengths of your team members.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 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.