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Why Teamwork Precedes Success

Author : Jodi Ouellette

Without good teamwork, a business or organization will fail to reach it's potential. Throughout history we have many fine examples of leaders who have achieved amazing levels of success, whether it is in business, scholars, or in government. Although you may see the leader’s name in lights, or being recognized for their accomplishments publicly, seldom if ever, has anyone achieved any level of significance alone, or without the help of a strong team.

It may seem surprising, but leaders cannot reach their full potential riding on personal gifts or skills; who they surround them self with determines how far they can truly soar. You may have heard you are the average of the five individuals you are closest to. If you have a goal that you are working towards achieving, and that goal is larger than yourself, you need to understand it is more wise to assemble a team rather than go at it alone. Furthermore, it only makes sense that you put together a team that will raise the bar so to speak. Going beyond what you are capable of alone, is exactly why you need teamwork, and strength in your inner circle.

I haven't met anybody yet that is super skilled, or knows everything about every aspect with businesses. This being the reason why teamwork with trusted members is required to succeed. You want your inner circle or your star players to have varying strengths, skills, or talents that you might not have. For most entrepreneurs, it is freedom that we seek. Maybe it's the goal of being your own boss, to be financially free, or have the time to do as you wish and when. No matter what your dream is, you need to build a team to meet the size of that dream. You also want to continually develop the leaders in your organization.

The key ingredients to building the right inner circle and creating unstoppable teamwork:

1. Increasing your leadership skills first, allows for attracting high quality team members. You'll want to begin by seeking mentoring from a leader stronger than you. I remember reading about a great example in the world of running. The athlete who wins, doesn't practice and race with the last place athletes, they choose to compete with those who are ahead of the pack every time. Basically, working with and spending time with leaders that perform better than you, causes you to raise your expectations. Seeking a mentor more skilled in leading and teamwork, allows you to see exactly what it takes to fuel your own results.

2. Develop existing leaders. Identify leadership potential in your current team, and give them opportunities to lead and excel. Personal growth is essential. Focus on growing yourself first, lead by setting the example and the pace for the team. By setting higher standards in your organization, the expecations for teamwork and leadership also increase. When you raise the expectations, you’ll find that people will grow to meet those challenges. Let’s face it, we don’t all start out in business as fine tuned leaders. Leadership skills are developed over time, with unfailing effort. People follow the example set before them, so if you want to generate strong leaders, become one yourself first.

A good law to follow to build a strong leadership team, is to search for individuals who contribute to increasing the worth of the team. This requires honesty. You want members who will speak the truth; not just tell you what they think you want to know. Excellent teamwork requires that each member can communicate openly and honestly.

Only when we have that openness in our communication can we identify what we are doing right and some areas we need to improve upon. Wouldn’t you rather have your team tell you up-front, well I don’t’ think that will work, rather than working on a project and then hearing later, well I could have told you that wasn’t going to work. The purpose of a team is having various brains and ideas, working together, for a common goal. Lastly, remember nothing of great significance has ever been achieved without support, which is why teamwork requires a strong inner circle.

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To learn more about team development and the inner circle watch this video training with Jodi Ouellette. Jodi has been a leader in the home business arena for almost 10 years, is a success marketing coach, leadership development trainer and public speaker.

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