Lesson 21º








Team Work

The success of the leader depends on whether he has a good team with competent people around him.

No leader can be successful alone. The only way to succeed with a project is if you are supported by the best.

Besides, the future of the company demands the leader to have an excellent team which is capable of working when the leader is not around.

The leader needs to be confident enough so that he doesn’t feel threatened being surrounded by talented people.

When the leader chooses his collaborators, the criteria that he uses means he chooses the best for the job. He looks for competent people with a strong personality, with drive, with their own ideas, that know how to work along, but that are faithful and honest.

It would be a big mistake for the leader to surround himself with people that think like him, people that aren’t very problematic.

Working as a team means sharing information, being open to discussions, knowing how to listen, being receptive to good ideas that others put forward.

In short, create a participating atmosphere in which people can liberally express their opinions and ideas.

The leader will admit (and promote) the argument whilst the problems arise (people can give their points of view), but once a decision has been made he will demand the team acts without fissure.

For a team to function it is essential that there is harmony amongst its members, therefore the leader will worry about achieving an atmosphere where people understand each other.

It is fundamental that there is communication within the team.

It is necessary that the team members share the same vision as the company.

It is important to have frequent meetings (daily or weekly) that help people to bond. Besides, these meetings will allow the leader to follow subjects closely, creating agile rhythm.

The leader will promote responsibility within the group, ability to make decisions, to assume risks and to respond to results.

It is fundamental that the leader knows how to delegate.

The leader has to avoid overprotecting his collaborators, they have to get used to assuming responsibilities.

The leader will demand loyalty from his team; he will show total loyalty to his employees.

The leader will defend his team when it is attacked.

The leader will worry about his team, their professional development, their learning and their future.

Finally, the leader has to remove mediocre people, those that are indifferent.

If he does not do this, the group will end up deteriorating and negatively affecting the company.