We, Not Me

Successful team leadership focuses on the “we.” Individual goals become secondary as all successful “we” leaders have learned the power of a team. “We” leaders do not direct discussions from center stage, but realize they can accomplish more with teamwork while putting aside ego to serve their team member’s needs.

Jim Collins in his book Good to Great wrote, “Compared to high-profile leaders with big personalities who make headlines and become celebrities, the good-to-great leaders seem to have come from Mars. Self-effacing, quiet, reserved, even shy—these leaders are a paradoxical blend of humility and professional will. They are more like Lincoln and Socrates than Patton or Caesar.” (pp. 12-13)

Effective leaders focus on team results. Be patient as this process takes time to institute. Focusing on “we” is a worthy leadership effort.