DeM Banter: As mentioned is yesterday’s post…huge fan of Catalyst. Big fan of list such as this…as it forces us to take inventory of how we are doing as a leader…so, how you doing leader? I encourage you to read Tyler’s entire piece… good info.
1. Leverage Influence for the Team
Great team leaders leverage their influence and power to promote and serve their teams. (Andy Stanley talks extensively about this.)
A team leader that creates a culture of approachability is a leader worth following.
3. Solid Grip on Reality
In Steve Jobs’ biography, the author uses a phrase that Steve had reality depravation. Leaders who are not in-tune with reality create teams that are unhealthy and frustrated.
Over and over again, leaders talk about and point to relational leaders as being more effective than results–first leaders. It doesn’t mean results do not matter because they clearly do. It’s how do you lead people to results. Emotional Intelligence is central to this conversation.
Let’s be honest, no one wants to be on a team that they have to guess which mood the leader is in or what today is going to hold because of the inconsistencies of the team leader.
Rorke Denver talked recently about a Commander that gave their team one of the greatest leadership lessons ever while they were in the field. He simply said, “Calm is contagious.” So true.
7. Release Ownership/Delegate
Nothing shows the commitment of the team leader more than a leader who is willing to release ownership and delegate important tasks, projects, and relationships. It shows way more than just trust; it shows character and priority.
There is something attractive about leaders who just know who they are and operate with an extensive self–awareness. I’ve always said the quicker we can be proud of how God wired us, the quicker we will become the leader he wants us to be.
I’m pretty sure this requires no explanation, but integrity will always be at the top of the list for the greatest leaders in the world.
As much as I wish that all respect comes from relational investments over time with your team, I’ll be the first to admit that competency to achieve results is also crucial to this characteristic. You can’t lead well without a standard of excellence and a strong skill set for work.