Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Leaders make room "at the table"

A few days ago, I read and shared an article by school leader Justin Tarte in which he highlights the importance of relationships within teams.  In the article, Dr. Tarte reminds us that strong relationships are a hallmark of strong teams.  I agree with Justin, and his post caused me to reflect for a moment about teams and leadership.  As such, here are a few thoughts of mine that, hopefully, will help add to Justin's insights.

Thought #1 - With some positions on teams, leadership is expected.  In other positions, it is usually earned.

Thought #2 - Whether leadership is expected or earned, a leader's actions tend to speak louder than words.  If you use words, use them wisely (and prudently).

Thought #3 - The players may change, but the team remains.

Thought #4 (and 5 and 6) - Since the players will change, if you care about the success of the team you need to keep these two things in mind:

  1. How well you do your part on the team will set the standard for your successor, so do it well and set it high.
  2. Make some room "at the table" for the next generation of leaders to join the team. 
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