Leadership: Playing Full Out on All Your Teams!
I was speaking to a group of people the other morning about Teams of Integrity and noticed that many of them looked puzzled, and some looked like they didn’t know why I was talking to them about the topic. Afterward, I asked them why they had those reactions. Joe said that he wasn’t part of any teams, so he didn’t think the ideas fit him. Randy said he was part of a team at work, but that was it. I was caught off guard, because my thought process has always been that I belong to a multitude of teams, and it never occurred to me that others might not look at their life in that fashion.
There are a multitude of definitions around the word team. It could be a cooperative unit, such as a sports team. The business dictionary defines it as a group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job or project. The Free Online Dictionary says that it is a group organized to work together. Merriam-Webster gives us the etymology of the word, which comes from the Middle English word “teme” meaning offspring, lineage or race.
Most people think of teams in the context of sports or in a workplace environment. This is certainly true, and the concepts behind creating cohesive and intentional teams certainly apply to both of those concepts. But it also applies to a number of other teams that we don’t normally think of in our daily use of the word.
Here are some thoughts around how we all belong to multiple teams, using a great friend of mine as an example.
1. She is a great one for remembering that we are all connected, so the first team she belongs to is the team of mankind.
2. Work – organization, department and her division.
3. Volunteer position within the Red Cross, and within that the group of people she works with on a rotational basis.
4. Church, as an overall member.
5. Church committee, as an active team member and facilitator.
6. Small Group Ministries – once per month, serves as a participant and volunteer facilitator, as needed.
6. Meditation Group – 2-3 times per month. Serves as a rotating facilitator.
7. Spiritual Growth Group – once per month, serves as a participant and rotating facilitator.
8. Tai Chi Class – serves as facilitator, supporter and chief encourager
9. Family – spouse, mother, grandmother, daughter
10. Neighborhood – works with her neighbors to create a safe and caring neighborhood where everyone looks out for each other
I visualize our lives as being made up of intertwined teams, with some people interacting in multiple teams on a daily basis. So, when I am speaking about building teams of integrity, I am talking about consciously and intentionally interacting in the role of leader in all areas of your life, on all the teams you play with. Being a leader on a team does not require that you be at the forefront of all activity (task, job, or project). Sometimes you step aside and let others lead while you follow. The mark of a great leader is when they recognize what skills and abilities they bring to each team they belong to. And they play full out, with all their team mates.
I will be back this week to speak to the same group about Building Teams of Integrity – and I’ll be sure to take these thoughts with me. Joe will realize how many teams he plays on, and perhaps Randy will begin to look at his work team in a different light.
Think about all the teams you are on in your life. Are you participating full out, with conscious intention?
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master. Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. She is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her websites are http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where you can find her blogs about business and career, http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion, and http://www.georgiafeiste.com where you can catch her thoughts on a wide variety of topics. Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.