4 Keys to Leading Your Team Members
Yesterday was a great day. One of my protege's, who I have been developing for 3 years now, was able to move to one of our brand new gym locations and completely take over the program. Being able to mentor and grow people around me is one of the best things about my job. But my favorite part is developing teams where people can thrive because they are able to depend on each other.
All good leaders recognize their success is based upon the team ONLY. Coach John Wooden recognized this and knew that as the leader of his team he was responsible for creating this. He said there was four ways he went about this:
1. Appreciate each member of the team for who they are: This builds mutual respect and trust between the coach and player
2. Believe that they will do their very best: This helps set the bar for both attitude and their effort.
3. Praise their accomplishments: This recognizes a job well done and continually motivates players to produce positive outcomes
4. Accept personal responsibility to them as their leader: You, as the leader, are responsible for setting and holding the standards, developing each player and continuing to attract more great people to your team.
Coach Bear Bryant said it like this, "I'm just a plowhand from Arkansas, but I learned how to hold a team together--how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat together as a team. There's always just three things I say: 'If anything goes bad I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, they did it.' That's all it takes to get people to win."
The people around you are your greatest asset. Take Coach Wooden's simple advice on how to lead and develop other leaders around you. Speaking from experience, there's no greater reward then to see your team members thrive, grow and continue to succeed because of it.