You probably know you need support, respect and focus on a common goal to build a happy and productive team.
However, there may be a few less obvious factors that you may not have considered.
You see, although I’ve been leading teams for many years, I’ve learned a lot about teamwork since studying with the Proctor Gallagher Institute. One of the things that has become most obvious to me is that most of us weren’t raised to function well on a team. We were taught to focus on “me”—to go out and get what I want. However, as you may have heard before, there is no “I” in team.
Therefore, if we want to create a truly cohesive, fully-functioning unit, we should learn a new way of operating teams.
When building a team, here are three things you might find useful.
1. Focus on becoming a fully-functioning “I”
By that I mean, each person has to understand themselves and know how to get the spiritual, physical and intellectual sides of their personality in alignment.
When each member of the team understands who they are and that we are all connected, everyone works in harmony. Instead of competing with one another or wanting to get credit, team members genuinely support each other and remain focused on a common goal.
In our business, we go over our studies together so that we begin to understand ourselves and each other better. As a result, we naturally transition from wondering “what can I get?” to “what can we do?”
2. Develop vulnerability-based trust
Vulnerability-based trust is where the leader and everyone on the team feels comfortable acknowledging their mistakes, their weaknesses and their needs for help. They also acknowledge the strength of others when it is greater than their own.
Respect plays a big role in developing this kind of trust. It’s not just about respecting the words, actions and presence of others. You also have to respect the higher side—the spiritual side—of yourself and the other members of the team.
When you develop this kind of trust and respect, instead of criticizing each other or pointing out weaknesses, you focus on each person’s strengths and help them become the best person they can be.
3. Refuse to be limited by human-kind thinking
The truth is, we can be, do or have anything that we want in life. However, the group has to believe and trust that it’s true.
As a leader, I have to trust that when I put myself out there, I will have all the tools, resources, knowledge and ideas I need to be effective. And I have to demonstrate that trust to the team so that they will develop the trust to really go for things, too. When the team acts without limits, it will move to a new level of cooperation, synergy and productivity.
None of these things will happen by accident. However, if the leader and the team are willing—through study and discipline—to embrace and start acting on these new concepts, powerful shifts will begin to occur.
And here’s the best part…
As you’re moving toward this new vision, you and your team will discover, it’s not about what you do or what you get, it’s about who you become.
To more and better,
Thinking Into Results, the Bob Proctor Flagship Program is a proven development system designed to reprogram your thinking, allowing individuals to reach their full potential. Thinking Into Results is a comprehensive consultant-guided program designed to facilitate positive, profound, permanent changes in any area of your life. Compiled of twelve powerful lessons, this is a systematic approach to building a better YOU and teaches you how to get exactly what you desire most in life.