As a thank you to my blog and podcast supporters, I want you to be the first to have access to my upcoming book, “Uniquely You,” available for pre-order now. Here’s your look at the eleventh chapter…
Part I: Leaders Carry Water, Too
I am fascinated by teams. In order to win a big race like the Tour de France, the front rider—the one who gets the biggest product endorsements and wears the coveted yellow jersey—has to surround himself with a team of other athletes who are equally as high-performing but who have different strengths and talents. This concept struck me as I watched the Tour de France earlier this summer and heard the commentators talking about the member of the leading team who carried water to keep his team hydrated. At first, he sounded to me like a mere water boy, but I soon realized he had to be a world-class rider—good enough to lead a different team. But instead, he chose a servant’s role on a great team. w
Part II: What Makes a High-Performance Team?
We leaders have to remember to recognize the influence and impact of all team members. Not everyone was made to be or wants to be the lead rider or the hill climber. In our case at Southwest Michigan First, not everyone wants to be out front selling our organization and our community. Not everyone has the skills to do the creative work that gets public accolades. To be a part of a great team, we have to check our egos at the door.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!