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It’s common knowledge that teams need a good leader to guide them through projects and conquer hurdles. Team members often have the intelligence and know-how to succeed, but lack the necessary power skills that a leader possesses. These qualities that good leader shave make them an essential player in the team, and teams are often chaos without one. However it is also true that every good leader is born from having a good team backing them up. The other team members don’t always get the credit they deserve, but what the team provides their leader is essential to overall success. Teams provide their leaders with:
1. Accountability – A true leadership role requires the leader of the team to accept accountability. Without a team in place, it can be easy for someone moving into a leadership position to want to default away from accepting a certain amount of accountability, but a dedication to the team keeps this responsibility in check.
2. Feedback – Leaders are often visionaries, bursting with ideas. Not every idea is going to be a great idea though, and it’s good to have a solid team in place that you can rely on for not just positive feedback, but realistic, candid feedback as well. A second set of eyes is always better than just one.
3. Commitment – The level of commitment that a good team provides to their leader is vital to a leader’s success. It is this support that allows people in leadership roles to continue to grow and excel in their role.
4. Vision – While someone in a leadership position may have the outline of a vision, it can be the team that actually helps fine tune it and turn that vision into a reality. No one can do it all by themselves, and having a team to help workout all of the kinks that pop up along the way, turning something that is rough around the edges into something well-polished, is essential.
5. Perspective – Sometimes even the most focused of leaders lose perspective, and having a good, strong, committed team in place can be exactly what they need to regain the original goal. Keeping perspective is a defining factor in success.
Leaders are often strong and capable people who have the drive and passion to succeed. But they are also often backed by teams that provide the qualities and characteristics that the leaders are otherwise lacking, and they can be counted on to offer their unwavering support to help aid in the success.
Questions: How important are teams in what you lead? What are some other essential qualities or characteristics a team needs to have?