A leader is a dealer in pride. This is not arrogance. It is based on the understanding that the team that is proud of itself, its achievements and its members will constantly strive to win. He talks up his team and makes sure that they celebrate their successes. He looks for opportunities to give recognition, and focuses on what is right in the team whilst quietly addressing what is wrong or needs fixing. His team has no doubt that he is proud of them and, as a result, they take continued pride in excelling.
Are you proud of your team? How would they know? How do you celebrate successes with your team? What is worth celebrating right now? How will you do it?
A leader is a dealer in humility. She knows that any success that she may achieve is because of the collective effort of the team – and she shares the glory with the team. In fact, very often she will stand back and allow the team to bask in the glory of their success, with little need to have the limelight all to herself. She will acknowledge the collective efforts of the team at every opportunity, and ensure that everyone knows that the team is the key to her success.
What successes have you enjoyed that should have been shared with the team? What will you do now to put it right? What will you do next time? What can you do to make sure that your upline knows how great your team is?
The next article in this series of twelve will look at the concept of power and how to exercise it in a constructive way. If you have any feedback on your progress that you would like to share, email me.