Why the Best Leaders Get Along with their Team

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The Best Leaders Know How to Get Along with Their Team
Even the most experienced leaders can falter and even fail when they do not play well with others.

Leadership Warning Signs
Warning signs of leaders not getting along with their team include:

  • Attitude shifts
  • Missed deadlines
  • Decreased performance.

What the Best Leaders Do to Get Along with Their Teams
The best leaders that get along with their teams:

  • Pull their weight
  • Empower their direct reports
  • Create trusting relationships
  • Show and give both loyalty and respect
  • Can be depended upon
  • Consistently demonstrate integrity

Th Best Leaders Motivate and Inspire
Leaders need to be able to motivate and inspire enough of their team that they do not risk a mutiny like the above chessboard king who was surrounded and defeated by pawns. Learning how to get along with your teammates should be part of your action learning for leadership development program design.

Two Leadership Challenges to Overcome
If you are headed for a leadership position, you should beware of two challenges that could forestall or crush your progress… (1) Super stardom and (2) Office politics. Here are ways to defuse these obstacles to your rise within the company:

1.  Super Stardom
If you have been recognized as a superstar performer, there is bound to be some jealousy among your teammates and perhaps an effort to undermine your success. Be thoughtful of your teammates’ needs and be fully cooperative as they strive to do their jobs.

Ask and advise rather than tell. Acknowledge the successes of others and accept praise not on your own but on behalf of the team. As a leader, your success is now dependent upon the success of others.

2.  Office Politics
Good and bad politics exist in every organizational culture either by design or by default . If you observe the nasty side of office politics, try to stay above the fray. Gain influence without compromising your integrity.

Ask for help from someone you trust as you navigate through the turf wars and clashing personalities.

The Bottom Line
The best leaders pull their weight, empower their direct reports, create trusting relationships, show and give both loyalty and respect, are dependable, and demonstrate integrity.

To learn more about what the best leaders do, download The Top Six Management Practices that Matter Most

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