The Most Intriguing Thing About Leadership

Teamwork…I love having it, I’ll work hard to obtain it, and I will fight on behalf of it! Nothing about leadership intrigues me more than the power of a team. Today I want to share a couple of my favorite perspectives on teamwork from two highly-respected leaders who really “get” the concept and purpose of a team.

In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, noted author and speaker Patrick Lencioni has a great message and platform on teamwork, saying that “teamwork remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” One of my favorite concepts that Lencioni points out in his book is that there are “groups” and there are “teams.” Groups go to work and do tasks. Teams are aligned and tied to a common vision and a shared purpose. Teams work together to accomplish the same goals!

And speaking of goals, one of my all-time favorite quotes about teamwork is by Mia Hamm, soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, who says the following in her book, Go for the Goal:

“Soccer is not an individual sport. I don’t score all the goals, and the ones I do score are usually the product of a team effort. I don’t keep the ball out of the back of the net on the other end of the field. I don’t plan our game tactics. I don’t wash our training gear, and I don’t make our airline reservations. I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team. I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

Wow! That is a powerful statement. As leaders, we must understand the value that a team brings not only to an organization, but to every member of the team, and the rewards that come from the sacrifice and dedication in being part of one.

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  • Linda says:

    Hi Doris! Every post on this blog relates to leaderhsip in some form or fashion, so keep checking back and join the conversation! I usually add new posts on Mondays and Thursdays. Now, about communication and teamwork…I’m a huge fan of John Maxwell (the organization I work for uses a lot of his materials for leadership training), and he has a couple books I’d recommend. His “17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” is a great to read. I’ve studied it with several teams I’ve lead over the years. “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni is also a favorite of mine. Maxwell’s most recent book, “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” offers a lot of anecdotal tips and lessons on how you can better connect with people. Hope this helps! If you ever have a specific question, pass it along, as I address readers questions a few times a month in my REALity Questions series. Check back soon!

  • Doris Lang says:

    I would appreciate any information you have on team building, leadership and communication.

    Doris Lang
    Office Manager
    Steiner Dental