I’m passionate about developing successful teams, especially entrepreneurial teams, in which everyone is contributing, engaged, productive and profiting. How do you achieve that? What are the benefits? What happens when it isn’t working, and how do you fix it?
We all love to be acknowledged, and we’re taught that expressing our appreciation is part of being a caring and effective leader. However, when it comes down to actually showing appreciation, most of us aren’t all that good at it.
Even a strong, skilled leader can send their team into a tailspin of self-doubt — and at worst, fear — just by being unaware of the emotion or lack of it writ large on their face. In the same way, a naturally serious or flat demeanor can wreak havoc on people’s sense of safety and confidence.
A lot of people consider themselves perfectionists, and they take a perverse pride in holding themselves and others to almost impossibly high standards. If this were a winning strategy, I’d be all for it, but it’s not. It’s a teamwork killer; it slows down productivity, and hijacks other people’s creativity.
Many entrepreneurs—and even team leaders and team members—fall into a trap that, at Strategic Coach, we call “Rugged Individualism.”