Leaders Building Teams – Part 2

Linter Notes

In this episode of CLR, Dr. Miller discusses two of the four key components for leaders building teams. In today’s part 2, he shares ideas on Opening Up Your Team and Renewing Your Team.  In Part 1, he he covered  Structuring Your Team and Inspiring Your Team.

1. Opening-Up Your Team

a. To open your team to the greatest possible success, you need Ordinary Greatness.

( See Pamela Bilbray and Brian Jones’ book “Ordinary Greatness”)

  1. Ordinary Greatness defines the success of a team.
  2. Ordinary Greatness is discovering people’s hidden strengths in the midst of unusual circumstances
  3. The obstacles to seeing ordinary greatness are:compartmentalization
    • preconceived notions
    • personal bias
    • external focus
    • business.

b. Leaders must create an “Open” environment for ordinary greatness to shine.

Achievement is defined by both Team Achievement & Team Cohesion. There are 4 kinds of team leaders.

  1. Unknown
  2. Blind
  3. Hidden
  4. Open

c. How then can leaders develop Ordinary Greatness in their teams?

  1. Creating the Context for Ordinary Greatness
    • Keep a servant-leader mindset
    • Ensure your visibility, accessibility, approachability
    • Lead by example
    • Create lines of communication that connect
  2. Calibrating the Potential for Ordinary Greatness
    • Identify the sources of motivation
    • Understand the strengths and opportunities for greatness
    • Listen for aspirational conversations
  3. Promoting Ordinary Greatness
    • Select someone based on their engagement level
    • Select someone who gives recognition
    • Select someone who are engaged with the team
    • Select someone who respects accountability.

2. Renewing Your Team

a. The Success of a Team is determined by its ability to create a cycle of Generational Leadership.

“Any team that wants to excel must have good substitutes as well as starters. That’s true in any field, not just sports.  You may be able to do some wonderful things with a handful of top people, but if you want your team to do well over the long haul, you’ve got to build your bench.  A great team with no bench eventually collapses.” – John Maxwell in his book, “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”

b. Building the Leadership Pipeline

(see the book, “The Leadership Pipeline : How to Build the Leadership-Powered Compan”)

  • Focus On Performance:
  • Create a Continuous Flow
  • The Pipeline Turns Must be Fully Understood
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Must be Considered Simultaneously

c. Teams make Leaders and Leaders make teams.