4 Reasons why you’re not leading an effect team.

4 Reasons why you’re not leading an effect team.

As a leader, do you often feel like your doing it alone?  Are you feeling alone because you believe you must lead alone? Many leaders believe that as a leader you must separate yourself from your team. But how do you do that if you have a business where you have many processes and system’s in place that must be managed? Furthermore, it’s been said that most successful leaders utilize their people by creating a team of folks who are strong at the things that the leader is not. An effective leader can enhance their leadership influence by using such a strategy. If you’re not using this strategy, your standing alone based on some common misconceptions associated with leadership, and your potential as a team is being stifled. The following are pitfalls that will undermine your team’s potential and sabotage your leadership.

  1. SELF IMPORTANCE

Not many people are willing to admit that they don’t know everything and can’t do everything. No leader can do it all. So, the question to ask is not whether you can do it all yourself, but when you realize and accept your inability to do it all.  I have a saying I like to use when leading “ Check your Ego at the door”. This is the first major step in a person’s development as a leader.

  • LACK OF CONFIDENCE

Some folks struggle with the concept of a team because they feel threatened by the people, they put around them. However, you should know that you can measure a leader by the people they put around themselves. An insecure leader will often have weak people around them. If you are insecure as a leader, you are much less likely to give power to others, and the results are a weak team that often are middle managers who will bring insecurity to their subordinates. There are one or two reasons that leaders fail to build teams or build weak teams.

  • Desiring to maintain control over everything that they are responsible for.
  • Or, being replaced is a real fear by someone who they believe may be able to do the job better.
  • Or Both.
  • LACK OF EXPERIENCE, WISDOM, OR JUDGEMENT

When I look back at times when I was given leadership, and I tried to do too much of it myself. Getting help and delegating or trusting others can be a major stumbling block, and as I reflect on some past leadership experiences, this concept has been a major challenge for me. Being naïve about team building in nearly all cases effected my tenure as a leader because my naivete put me in a position to have to do more on my own, and my results were deeply affected. “What happens is the leader has a big dream, and it ends up being beyond his capabilities”, according to John Maxwell. Some adjust, build a team, and it turns out OK. Other times, the leader realizes their mistake too late.

  • PERSONALITY

Some people aren’t extraverted enough and don’t think about team building or participation beyond themselves. Challenges arise, but it doesn’t occur to them to ask for support to reach a goal. I’ve done it both ways, and invariably, every time I took on something big and took it on by myself, it turns out to be something that hasn’t come close to my vision. I’ve learned that anytime I take on a project, I immediately look for others who can support my vision. I understand that the potential for something wonderful cannot be achieved if I don’t embrace the potential contributions of others that only a strong team can bring to a project.

You’ve heard it said that “Teamwork makes the dream work”.  This couldn’t be a truer statement.  As a leader, if you desire to bring about great things, based on a sound vision, you must have a team, and be strong enough to lead that team, without strangling your team and stifling creativity. Besides, bringing on others communicates to them that they are valued, and valued team members will always be inspired to not only contribute to the team on a high level, but your team will help you as a leader tenfold to help you to realize your vision! 


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