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Leadership: Building a Team

Posted by Ron Moore on

Leadership fails when a leader fails to build a strong and effective team. That’s why a leader’s efforts must go into building a team of gifted and talented people—in many ways more gifted and talented than he is. Here are three essential ingredients needed to build a team that will make an impact.

  1. The Right People

In his research for the book, Good to Great, Jim Collins discovered the importance of having the right people on the team. Collins wrote:

We expected that good-to-great leaders would begin by setting a new vision and strategy. We found instead that they first got the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats—and then they figured out where to drive it. The old adage “People are your most important asset” turns out to be wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are. (Good To Great, p. 13)

Many leaders choose team members who are similar to them. This is a big mistake.

A healthy and effective team has a mix of gifts and personalities.

We use spiritual gift assessments and the KOLBE (www.kolbe.com) to help secure the right mix.

  1. A Clear Vision

It is the vision that keeps the team on track. When it is not clear, seldom reviewed, or often changed, the team is derailed.

  1. Commitment to Each Other

Team members must work to support each other in order to accomplish our mission. We must work from strength to strength. We must cover for each other when necessary.

No Gotcha’s

A gotcha is when you wait for someone to drop the ball and then point out to them (and everyone else) that they dropped the ball. A gotcha comes with an attitude that secretly enjoys seeing others fail. A “gotcha” person is devastating to a team. 

First Bounce

Instead of gotcha’s, let’s practice First Bounce. Certainly, we all have our jobs to do. But when—for whatever reason—someone drops the ball, grab it for them on the first bounce. Better yet, if possible, help them to not drop the ball in the first place.

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