Team Leader Skills.....
There is a saying in business...either
lead, follow or get out of the way !
And there is a lot of wisdom and truth to this saying. As it
relates to you getting promotions, raises and advancing in your
career, when you are on the job your boss or your manager will
be constantly evaluating you in two different areas :
how well you can lead others
how well you follow others, when others are suppose to be leading
The first one is about "leadership potential" but
no boss will ever consider you for a leadership role if you
can't follow instructions, if you can't be teachable, and if
you are not a team player. And even if you don't ever want to
advance "up the ladder" and don't ever want to have
an leadership position, your boss will still be evaluating you
on how well you follow instructions, how teachable you are,
and whether or not you are a team player.
So truly, either you are leading or you are following. There
is nothing in between. There is a harsh reality that comes into
play if you don't know exactly how to be seen as a "team
If the boss notice's that you are not following instructions,
are not teachable, and are not a team player - then the boss
will make sure you are not leading or following, that you will
"get out of the way". It's
called being fired.
REPORT CARDS IN THE REAL WORLD
Does being fired sound harsh?
But it shouldn't.
It's what happens all the time out in "real
world". Think of being constantly evaluated on-the-job
just as if you were still in school. Your job evaluations are
the same thing as a REPORT CARD. Learning to work as a team
is like working on a school project. Your teacher puts you and
the rest of the class into groups of 4 and tells you that you
have to divide up the duties for the project, and each student
is assigned certain things to do. Three of you all get your
duties done, but the fourth member of your "team"
decides that they don't want to do the project the way its suppose
to be done, or that they don't want to work together with the
rest of you, or maybe even that they don't want to do the work
at all. So the rest of you can't complete the project because
you are missing the work that was suppose to be done by the
fourth student who most definitely is not a "team player".
Problem - the teacher says that unless ALL FOUR students contribute
and ALL FOUR parts of the project are done, then everybody fails.
So you and your two "faithful co-workers" who have
done an A+ effort, are now going to get a failing grade
because of your fourth team member.
Let's change this story from a school setting to a work setting.
What happens in the "real world" is that the
teacher is now your boss or your supervisor, and they will want
an explanation as to why your project isn't completed. When
the boss sees that one member of the team isn't a team player,
then that employee gets a grade of "F" where "F"
stands for ...fired. But where does that leave the rest of you?
Unfortunately, it leaves you holding on to the short end of
a raw deal. Where you should have received an "A"
where "A" stands for advancement, you are now lumped
in with some loser who is blowing your reputation with the boss.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
You can learn how to "shine" so that if others slack
off, you won't be painted with the same brush as them. When
you are expected to work together with other people on any type
of work related task or project, what you want to have happen
is that you are recognized for being a "team player".
It's the team players who advance in their careers.
This conference will team you about team skills, and for those
who desire to lead one day, this conference will show you how
to become a leader.