Let’s get one thing straight: Being a leader does not mean that you do everything yourself, because you think you’re the best at it. If you want to be a successful leader, then you must be the mastermind that knows the power of one plus one equals three. That is that by working together, you can create this synergy that’s more than the sum of the parts.
One of my favorite quotes is the African Proverb, “When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.”
And I really believe that when we all unite there is power and strength, and we can do anything when we come together; where we love together; where we’re working it all out together.
There’s strength and value in collaboration, and everybody’s got something to give. Everybody! It’s up to you, as the leader, to identify the gifts and talents of each person working on the project, and assign tasks that align with their capabilities.
Put Your Temper In Check
When you collaborate on projects, people are not always going to do things the way you expect them to be done. It’s important that you talk to people to find out why something was done a certain way, before you get all worked up and upset.
It may be that the person did not know that it was supposed to be done a particular way; so in this case, there needs to be better communication between the two of you.
Another reason may be that the person is weak in the area they were assigned to. If this is the case, don’t be too quick to get an attitude and get all bent out of shape because of their weaknesses.
Well, consider this: When someone’s weaknesses continues to affect productivity, that’s just a reflection of you – the leader – not using your strength identification skills to give them tasks that coincide with their abilities.
Don’t blame them for being stuck doing something that they do not have the skills to do. You’re the one that gave them that assignment, remember?
As a leader, you need to know how to put people in places that accentuates their strengths, not their weaknesses. It’s your job to pull out the best in them. They’ve got something to give, you just need to find out what that is, and, in some cases, help them discover it too.
Successful leaders know how to do this, and do it well!
It all starts with investing time in getting to know people.
It’s Not Just About Productivity On The Job
You’ve got to really care about the people you work with, and establish relationships. When you take the time to get to know someone and inspire them to be better versions of themselves, they not only perform for you on a high level, but their personal life improves too. This positively affects the community (and society) as a whole in many ways, even-though you may not be aware of that.
Relationships matter, family matters, and love is important. You will find joy in love, spirit, and having relationships with folks.