As I look back over the past month, much has transpired, both in my business and personally. In an ironic twist, it has been busy and exciting, yet interwoven with deep challenge.
The one constant through all of it has been a strong team of support, and I value every member of the team. The importance of a team – both professionally and personally in the form of family and friends – cannot be overstated.
Why is having a team important?
Those who attempt to operate without a team will sooner or later hit a wall of limitation.
The wall includes things like strengths and knowledge gaps, discouragement, load capacity limits, and decision guidance and accountability. If you operate in a silo, at least one of these will be a stopping point.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Reaching out to others and forming a strong, supportive team will help you push past these walls. The key is to form your team before you need it.
How a TEAM helps you.
A well-chosen team offers you…
Transversal Strengths and Knowledge
Where your strengths end, others’ strengths begin. The intersection of strengths is a powerful point in any endeavor – it is where the best of everyone meets, and amazing things happen. Without others, you have only one straight line that can only carry you so far.
Transversal Strengths and Knowledge
Where your emotional point dips, theirs will lift you up and pull you forward. This is where my I-wired friends serve a special place. When others are discouraged, it is their natural inclination to lift them up. But D-wired team members also have a place in this – they will pull you forward. They will not let you stay where you are for long, and that is a very good thing. The S-wired members of your team offer comfort and take care of details, while the C-wired members of your team will be your most loyal friends and colleagues. Whether personally or professionally, each type of team member is needed for when those types of support are required.
Alleviation of the Overwhelming Workload
Where the load is heavy, they will help to level it. Solopreneurs especially know there is a limit to how much one person can do. They key point in their business is what they do when they hit that limit. A healthy decision would be to enlist the help of a team. If you don’t have a team right now, you should still be planning for who they would be. A good idea is to create an organizational chart, no matter how small your business. List each position, and put the name of the one who currently fills it. You will see early on that all positions include your name. In time, however, you should seek to fill those positions with team members who can help you level the load. This will determine the growth capacity of your business.
Mentorship, Guidance, and Accountability
Where you need guidance and accountability, they will hold you to your goals and vision. Even top leaders need mentorship, guidance, and accountability. “Being your own boss” sounds good, but in reality is not the best practice. You must be accountable to someone and to principles. And you will need some level of mentorship and guidance as you grow.
Using this formula as outlined to build your team ensures broad coverage in the areas that are most likely to halt your progress. This one action could determine your success or failure as a leader.
One thing is certain. At some point in time, you will either be thankful for your team – or you will regret that you did not take time to build one.
Build your team now so you can be thankful when that time comes.
As the CEO of Strength Leader Development, Deb Ingino is a highly sought-after international executive mentor, coach, trainer and speaker. Deb is well versed in global business operations and helps business leaders and their teams to discover and leverage their strengths, so they can create highly collaborative teams that deliver great results. With a refreshingly direct style, Deb helps leaders and their teams to deliver profitable results. Connect with Deb to learn more about her mentorship and coaching programs to equip you with advanced strategies to elevate your results.