It is estimated that over 3 billion people will watch the Olympics this year. It is no wonder why we love to watch the best athletes in the world, cheering them on and cheering on our countries.
In a grueling re-match of last year’s world cup, the USA Women’s Soccer team beat Japan 2-1. They came to win and win they did… THE GOLD! This team had to work together, they had to overcome some BIG personalities, and they had to work as a single unit.
Alex Morgan’s face says it all after she kicked the winning goal.
The soccer team was especially dear to all the folks where I live in Georgia as our hometown girl was on the team, Kelly O’Hara.
Don’t we all wish the teams we worked with would have such discipline and dedication to work like the athletes of the Olympics? The girl’s soccer team didn’t miss a beat; they set their sights on the gold medal and were not deterred. If they did not work together – they wouldn’t have had a chance.
As Every Day Leaders we know that a successful team is only successful when the team works together. It takes discipline, dedication, and a leader that clearly is trusted and steps up to lead. Just like the soccer team, when the team works together it is a beautiful picture.
Is this really realistic for the business world?
After all, most of our teams are made up of very different people, with different personalities, skills, styles, and often times our teams are virtual and span different countries.
How do we get teams to move through our organizations with effortless strides?
A successful team always starts with their leader. It is the leader that sets the culture of the organization that shows he/she values each member of the team and has that same expectation for the team members to value each other.
We show this by taking time and investing in our teams. We develop a reputation that we can be trusted, that we know what is best for each team member because we know them. The team trusts the leader because the leader has demonstrated consistent behavior and words that they can count on.
How is your team?
There are countless books and training to help each of us as we lead. It starts with us. We set the stage as every day leaders. This is true in any of our environments that we are a part of.
Just like the soccer team, I believe it is realistic to have successful teams that don’t miss a beat. It takes work, discipline and being intentional.
That’s what we do as every day leaders. Act intentionally. Lead intentionally. Set a culture of trust and value.
Every day leaders, seeking to make a difference in the lives of others, setting our sights on the gold and getting it.