Leadership Insights

Greet your team members like you are meeting them for the first time every day.

This lesson sounds over the top and cheesy, but give me the opportunity to explain.

I am sure that you have seen dogs like Jake before; as soon as I get home there is a huge wag of the tail, more jumping than I would like, and a desperate need to be patted. There is no doubt in my mind that he is happy to see me. Jake also has the advantage (or disadvantage?) of having a tail that completely reflects his mood – if the tail is wagging he is happy, wagging furiously and he is excited.

Listening and Being Present are Important to you Team

Having a team leader that is motivated, passionate, driven and excitied by making change are all wonderful things to have when you are in a team. Equally, it is very comforting to know that your Team Leader is there to listen and provide advice when you need it - it provides the 'steady hand' that is required to guide a team through difficult times.

There are some days when I struggle to get out of bed. I live in Melbourne, Australia, which is the middle of winter and the sun doesn’t get up until 7.30am in the morning. I am not alone; several million people live in my city so I am not alone – but there are days when knowing you are one of many doesn’t make it any easier!

I woke to this thought this morning and was reminded of an acronym – the ORA/BED model. I remember the ORA/BED model as the ‘get out of bed’ model.

You Need To Protect Your Team From Outside Forces

Being the leader of a team brings with it certain responsibilities. The responsibility and accountability of leading others is one of the greatest privileges that can be asked of a person. It can also be one of the greatest challenges.

The Team Rules Need To Be Understood And Applied By All Members Of The Team

The addition of our dog Jake to the household has forced us to consider our house rules and what will be tolerated / not tolerated by all members of the family.

Would Jake be an inside or outside dog?

  • What rooms will Jake be allowed in?
  • How do we deal with discipline issues with the dog?
  • How do we react when he jumps up on people?
  • What are the rewards for good behaviour?

Jake is the newest member of our team / family. He is an 18 month old labradoodle (pictured) and the last 15 months have been an exercise in joy, commitment, frustration and persistence. When I think on the impact our new member has had on the rest of the family, I have realised that it is not very different to a new person entering a team in business. I have also realised that animals know an awful lot about being in a team – they have existed and survived in packs for thousands of years.

Here are some of the lessons learnt with Jake on being a good team member and being a good leader of a team.

I must admit to feeling disappointed. As a leadership and team development facilitator, I look for examples in media / corporate life, politics and personal experience to illuminate key points I want to discuss and raise in training.

I have been reviewing the key examples that I use for points on vision, personal ethics, integrity, trust, responsibility and have come to realise that not only are some of the examples I have been using a little dated – I have found it very hard to find up-to-date replacements.

I must confess to being slightly sport obsessed, using sporting references in training and facilitation, so it is no real surprise that it ends up in my blog as well.

Last night saw the Queensland Maroons defeat the NSW Blues again, resulting in a 6th straight series win for Queensland. It also marked the last time the Maroons captain, Darren Lockyer, would play in a State of Origin series. A very proud night to come from Queensland! (A separate article could be ‘Why does the performance of a team I have no direct involvement or influence over –despite my cheering – make me feel so good?’)

I love my LinkedIn discussion groups. Groups of like-minded individuals from around the world discussing (often far more articulately than I can!) topics that interest them; for me that topic is most often leadership.

One of the members of the Center for Creative Leadership group, Sarandeep Singh asked:

‘What is one KEY attribute, that you would look up to in a "Leader"... and why?’

A recent Linkedin group discussion asked: ‘Given that most of us can master any skill we choose to, with the right support and experience, what makes us attribute 'high potential' to some people and not to others?’

I think this is a great question and pertinent to all businesses. I have rated someone as 'high potential' when they:

In the June 16 issue of BRW (brw.com.au), Leo D'Angelo Fisher listed the following 10 steps to being a great manager:

1. Managers are leaders and leaders are managers - don't get caught up by artificial dichotomy.

2. Leadership can be shared.

3. Leadership requires high-level personal attributes.

4. Leaders are part of a team.

I have become taken with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). (A little sad I hear you say, and you would be right). Aside from the memories of many years of both karate and judo as a child / teenager, I have been impressed with the level of dedication, focus and drive the fighters have to attain their goal.

This has led me to think: how focussed have I been on my goal?

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