Helping Your Team Do What They Do Best

One of my favorite team development books is John Maxwell’s “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.” In it Maxwell talks about the Law of the Niche, which says that, “All players have a place where they add the most value.”

Like most of Maxwell’s principles and laws, it makes perfect sense when you think about it. After all, working in your area of strength is a crucial element for your happiness at work. And we all know a happy employee is a more productive employee.

The Importance of Knowing Your Team Members’ Strengths

The opposite is also true: employees who aren’t allowed to work in their area of strength often feel frustrated and stressed.

As a young leader, I’ll never forget promoting one of my best producers by making her a leader of a division. Though I knew she was a talented hard worker, I failed to analyze her strengths, and leadership wasn’t one of them. (more…)