It’s easy to kick off your year focusing on the big stuff you want to accomplish.
You’ll find plenty of encouragement to make vast goals so you can attain great things, but as a coach I know that making big goals alone usually ends up losing the game, leaving you full of despair and feelings of failure. Goals must be well planned to be an effective roadmap, and the other half of your success is the team you build to enact your plan.
Based on my book Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life and Friendship, I’m sharing a number of posts about how you can create a winning team and fulfill your plan of action for success. When you captain a team you must pay attention to the wholeness needed in key human areas to fulfill your goals.
As team leader you’re the number one player to define. Don’t forget that you are a person who relates through four personal key areas:
- your mental language
- your spiritual insights
- your physical movements and environment
- your psychological involvements
All of these essential parts need to be in balance for you to function as a good team leader. You’ll need to be honest when you assess your state on these areas of your life. What things are working well and what needs adjustment? What do you need to make changes? How will you know you’ve created the balanced states you want?
The same four personal keys of all team members needs to be understood by you, too. What do you think is working for them and what isn’t? Is there something you can, want or need to do for them? Team leaders spend serious time giving appropriate attention to their team.
You need to make sure that the role you want team members to perform matches the team need, and your own personal needs.
For example, you may have a member who is great with accounting and going through a divorce. You want to help, but hearing the ins and outs of their suffering challenges your emotional health. This scenario will not serve you, your team or your goals.
You can lend empathy and lead with discipline setting limits in the workplace about personal issues so that the talent you need can flourish with focus. You can also make an effort to engage the personal life of team members during private time. How can you be respectful and kind towards team member’s personal lives, and stay on task? It’s your team and you make the rules about what is in bounds and not. Play fair and respect the four personal keys for everyone’s success and satisfaction. As team leader it’s your responsibility to pay attention to the personal state and needs of your team. Lead them well and win!
Sandy Nelson is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire Online Magazine.
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