As you know, in my view leadership is very much about creating followship.
And once you have followship, you have a group of followers, right?
I’m not a great fan of groups.
“In mathematics, a group is an algebraic structure consisting of a set of elements equipped with an operation that combines any two elements to form a third element. The operation satisfies four conditions called the group axioms, namely closure, associativity, identity and invertibility.”
Ok, ok. I’m making a point.
I like musical groups. And I guess a group of ducklings is cute!
But an effective group must become a team. And when you have a team, you can have synergy. Let’s face it, Coldplay is an amazing team producing magnificent music.
So, it’s logical that leadership is also about building a team.
But how do you make that team cohesive?
Here a re a few simple tips on making sure your group becomes a COHESIVE TEAM:
Be close to the members of your team
- Take the time to get to each member on a personal level; know them very well
- Be a listener and ask lots of questions
- Encourage innovation and some individuality
- Celebrate with them
- Recognise their personal and professional success and achievements
- Be hands alongside your team members on when you need to be
Get the balance right
- Encourage everyone in your team to have a great life balance (I dislike the term work-life balance…) and make sure you do to
- Recognise and encourage extra-curricular activities for everyone
- Make sure everyone learns from what they do outside work, including you
Be open, honest and transparent
- People sense BS when they hear it and see it. In Australia and New Zealand in particular, people are cynical and see through cheap talk very quickly
- So, be upfront and direct
- Give people the news, good or bad, quickly
- And expect that in return
- Make sure you take bad news well
Adopt a curious mindset
- Constantly seek new ways and experiences
- Keep in touch with changing demographics
- Stay up to date with technology
- Understand what’s happening in other industries and business
- Listen to your people with an open mind, and always hear them out
- Be supportive, and do not be overly critical
Be passionate and consistent about the Purpose
- To create followship, people need to know where you are taking them and feel confident you are passionate about getting them there
- And if you say something, mean it.
- And if you commit to do something, do it.
Begin with the end in mind, and curate
- Stay the course on your plans
- Sure, curate along the way to adapt and improve
- But, only change radically when you have to, and when you do change, change fast and very effectively
- Confidence in the plan is important to followship
Expect more of everyone’s leadership
- And make sure everyone knows what that means, and what is expected of them
- Remember, everyone needs some ground rules
- But focus on what’s important, not everything
- And here’s a novel idea, if you add a new focus area, take one away
- Delegate authority with accountability and responsibility
Synergy doesn’t come from individuals. It comes from teams.
So to deliver the slingshot effect of synergy, build cohesive teams!